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.

 


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.