Saudi Arabia condemns ‘ugly’ Israeli aggression

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Cabinet meeting in Jeddah was Chaired by King Slaman. (SPA)
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Cabinet session on Tuesday evening. (SPA)
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King Salman chiared the Cabinet session in Jeddah. (SPA)
Updated 23 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia condemns ‘ugly’ Israeli aggression

  • King Salman, who chaired the session at Al-Salam Palace in the Red Sea city, briefed the cabinet of his call with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas
  • The Cabinet also welcomed the decision issued by the Council of the Arab League at its Extraordinary Session at the level of Foreign Ministers held in Cairo

JEDDAH: The first Ramadan session of the Cabinet was held on Tuesday evening at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

King Salman chaired the meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in attendance.

The king briefed the Cabinet about his telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Cabinet condemned what it called the “ugly” aggression of the Israeli occupation forces against unarmed Palestinians. 

The king reiterated Saudi Arabia’s firm position on the Palestinian cause, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Cabinet also welcomed the decision made by the Council of the Arab League at its extraordinary session at the foreign ministers’ level held in Cairo and the final communique issued by the seventh Extraordinary Islamic Summit Conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, both on the issue of Palestine.

The Cabinet highlighted the contents of the king’s Ramadan speech in which he wished security, stability and peace to Islamic nations and the entire world.

Later, the crown prince made a telephone call to French President Emmanuel Macron. 

The two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed ways to enhance cooperation in various fields. They also discussed the latest regional and international developments.


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

Updated 20 June 2018
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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.