Saudi-led coalition foils attack by Iranian-made drone near Abha airport

The Saudi-led coalition said it has foiled an attempted attack by a UAV in Saudi Arabia's southern city of Abha. (Reuters)
Updated 27 May 2018
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Saudi-led coalition foils attack by Iranian-made drone near Abha airport

JEDDAH: The Saudi-led Arab coalition to support legitimacy in Yemen has foiled an attempted attack by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in Saudi Arabia’s southern city of Abha, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that at 1:45 p.m., the air defense unit assigned to Abha International Airport detected an unidentified flying object heading toward the airport. “The unit dealt with the threat and destroyed it according to the rules of engagement,” he said.

Al-Maliki clarified that inspections carried out by specialists in the coalition’s joint forces revealed that the wreckage belonged to the Houthi militias’ unmanned aerial vehicle with specifications of Iranian UAV “Ababil.” It was trying to attack the civilian airport, which is protected under international humanitarian law, he said. 

Al-Maliki said there was minimal damage caused by the UAV’s destruction. He said the joint forces command of the coalition targeted the unit responsible. 

He said the coalition will strike with an iron fist all those who are involved in terrorist activities that threaten the safety and security of Saudi nationals, residents, economy and key installations.

 


Fleet of electric vehicles and wheelchairs laid on for elderly and infirm pilgrims

Updated 18 min 28 sec ago
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Fleet of electric vehicles and wheelchairs laid on for elderly and infirm pilgrims

  • Thousands of electric vehicles will be on hand for people unable to walk far
  • A team of maintenance staff has also been employed to ensure the vehicles remain in working order

DUBAI: A fleet of 700 electric vehicles and hundreds of wheelchairs have been provided by the Saudi Department of Mobility Services at the Grand Mosque to help elderly and disabled pilgrims perform Hajj, state news agency SPA reported.

The electric vehicles are being maintained by a special team of staff, including supervisors, technicians and administrators.

Meanwhile the General Presidency of the two holy mosques has launched the “umbrella for every pilgrim” program.

The umbrellas are being distributed to protect people from the Saudi sun.