Saudi National Committee for Narcotics Control announces inaugural drugs awareness competition

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Updated 31 May 2018
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Saudi National Committee for Narcotics Control announces inaugural drugs awareness competition

  • The prize, which aims to raise media awareness of drugs, will exceed SR2 million in its inaugural edition.
  • The competition aims to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and the psychological effects on individuals and society.

RIYADH: The secretariat of the Saudi National Committee for Narcotics Control announced the launch of a drugs awareness competition that will take place next month.
The prize, which aims to raise media awareness of drugs, will exceed SR2 million in its inaugural edition.
The competition will have two streams- one for individuals and another for companies. Both streams will have 4 sub categories: best awareness video, best awareness infographic design, best awareness drawing, and best awareness photo. Each category will have ten winners.
The secretariat of the National Committee for Narcotics Control’s spokesman Bandar Abdullah Al-Rumaihi added that this competition aims to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs and the psychological effects on individuals and society.
Al-Rumaihi also said that the competition aims to enhance cooperation between society and advocates of drug prevention.
Individuals, companies and associations that specialize in the awareness of prevention and the dangers of addiction can participate in the competition.
Participation in the competition is not limited to citizens and expats can take part too.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”