Saudi Arabia organizes cultural exhibition in Moscow ahead of World Cup

Artists perform on stage as “Saudi Arabia” is displayed on screens during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1, 2017. (AFP)
Updated 13 June 2018
0

Saudi Arabia organizes cultural exhibition in Moscow ahead of World Cup

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Culture is organizing a four-day exhibition featuring Saudi heritage and history in Moscow, coinciding with the beginning of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
The event, held between June 13—16 at the Moscow Museum in the Russian capital, will contain activities and events that shed light on Saudi heritage and arts. The exhibition will include cinematic screenings, cultural activities, and musical performances, as it offers a platform for Saudi talents to showcase their creativeness.
The event serves its role in representing Saudi Arabia globally, and offering a deep understanding of the Kingdom’s history and heritage, in order to build bridges of cultural communication with the world.
The exhibition will also present Saudi talents in the fields of culture and arts, to reflect the Kingdom’s promising futuristic plan for these sectors, in line with the goals of Vision 2030.


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

Updated 53 min 53 sec ago
0

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.