Operation to take Hodeidah essential for Yemenis, security of Red Sea waterway: Saudi Ambassador in DC

File photo showing Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid bin Salman arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, July 24, 2017. (Reuters)
Updated 13 June 2018

Operation to take Hodeidah essential for Yemenis, security of Red Sea waterway: Saudi Ambassador in DC

LONDON: Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, the saudi ambassador to Washington said in a tweet on his Twitter account that “the coalition operations to liberate the city of Hodeidah are a continuation of the support delivered by the Saudi-led Arab coalition for Yemeni people, and a way to support the freedom of Yemenis against the militia supported by Iran bent on sowing chaos and destruction in the country.

Yemeni forces on Wednesday got closer to Hodeidah after taking control of the suburb of Nekheila south of the town and port of Hodeidah as part of a new operation called ‘Golden victory’ aimed to liberate Hodeidah and its port.

The Saudi Ambassador to Washington added in a separate tweet that the saudi-led Arab coalition operations to re-take Hodeidah are important in light of the increased threat the militias controling the port of Hodeidah have been posing for maritime security in the Red Sea,
which the ambassador added is a vital waterway through which 15% of world trade pass annually as well as regional trade and commerce.

Prince Khaled added that Iran backed Houthi militia have launched repeated attacks on commercial and military ships belonging to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the US


Thailand’s lost baby dugong dies from shock, eating plastic

Updated 17 August 2019

Thailand’s lost baby dugong dies from shock, eating plastic

  • Marium, the female baby dugong had already lost her mother when she was initially found
  • Biologists tried saving her, but they believe she died of a combination of the plastic and shock

BANGKOK: An 8-month-old dugong nurtured by marine experts after it was found lost near a beach in southern Thailand has died of what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste, officials said Saturday.
The female dugong — a large ocean mammal — was named “Marium” and became a hit in Thailand after images of biologists embracing and feeding her with milk and seagrass spread across social media. Veterinarians and volunteers had set out in canoes to feed Marium up to 15 times a day while also giving her health checks.
Last week, she was found bruised after being chased and supposedly attacked by a male dugong during the mating season, said Jatuporn Buruspat, director-general of the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources.
She was brought in for treatment in the artificial sea on Libong Island in Krabi province.
“We assume she wandered off too far from her natural habitat and was chased and eventually attacked by another male dugong, or dugongs, as they feel attracted to her,” Jatuporn said Saturday.
An autopsy showed a big amount of plastic waste in her intestine, which could also have played a part in her death as it led to gastritis and blood infection, he said.
“She must have thought these plastics were edible,” Jatuporn said.
The dugong is a species of marine mammal similar to the American manatee and can grow to about 3.4 meters (11 feet) in length. Its conservation status is listed as vulnerable.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-arcpha said Marium’s death saddens the whole nation and the world.
“Her death will remind Thais and people all over the world not to dispose trash into the oceans,” Varawut said at a news conference.