Saudi tests siren after Iran backed Houthi militia fire new missiles

Photo showing the Director of Civil Defense, Sulaiman Alamro giving a statement (SPA)
Updated 10 May 2018
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Saudi tests siren after Iran backed Houthi militia fire new missiles

RIYADH: The Director of Civil Defense, Sulaiman Alamro said Thursday that it tested a new siren system for the capital Riyadh and oil-rich Eastern Province, the day after Houthi militia fired three ballistic missiles at the kingdom from Yemen.

The Saudi civil defense posted a video on its official site of the alarm system being tested. In a statement, Alamro stressed the importance of the early warning system to achieve the objectives of civil defense in the protection of life and property. The most important element of which are warning sirens, designed to “face risks of all kinds” and alert the population “in case of emergency.” 

Yemen’s Iran-allied Houthi militia have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighboring Saudi Arabia, which leads a military coalition to restore the legitimately elected government in Sanaa. The Houthi insurgents announced they had fired two ballistic missiles at Riyadh and a third at the southern city of Jizan near the border, on Wednesday alone.

A spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition said the kingdom’s air defenses intercepted all three, in statements carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Riyadh has long accused Tehran of supplying the Houthi militia with ballistic missiles.

Wednesday’s salvo came after US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, which he criticized for excluding measures to curb Iran's ballistic missile program.

Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen in 2015 with the aim of pushing back the Houthi militia and restoring the internationally recognized government to power.


Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

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Abdul-Mahdi: Relations between Iraq and GCC ‘must progress’

  • Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest
  • Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies

RIYADH: Relations between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council are important and “must progress, ” Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi said on Thursday.
On the second day of his visit to Saudi Arabia, Abdul-Mahdi met with the secretary general of the GCC, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani in Riyadh.
Abdul-Mahdi and Al-Zayani discussed the development of relations between Iraq and GCC countries and issues of mutual interest.
“Cooperation and economic relations must progress for the better,” Abdul-Mahdi said.

Saudi Arabia and Iraq have agreed to cooperate in security and intelligence matters, Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim told Al Arabiya television. 
Meanwhile, Abdul-Mahdi also attended the Saudi-Iraqi Business Forum, which included representatives from large Saudi companies.
He also inaugurated an exhibition on Wednesday called “Cities Destroyed by Terrorism” that is showing at the National Museum in Riyadh. The exhibition was organised by the Minister of Culture and the Arab World Institute in Paris.
The Iraqi prime minister arrived in Riyadh on Wednesday for a two-day visit to the Kingdom. He held talks with King Salman on relations between the two countries, and later met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


His visit to the Kingdom “symbolizes the Iraqi government's vision in aiming to bolster ties with the Kingdom in all fields,” the Iraqi prime minister said on Facebook.
The two countries signed 13 agreements and memorandums of understanding between their various ministries. The deals covered many areas including energy, education, culture and political consultation.