Houthi militia is still using civilians as ‘human shields’: Coalition Spokesperson

Col. Turki Al-Maliki
Updated 24 June 2018
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Houthi militia is still using civilians as ‘human shields’: Coalition Spokesperson

  • The political diplomatic solution is always optimal for the Yemeni people
  • The Houthi militia is imposing restrictions on the relief work and the UN staff

JEDDAH: The coalition in support of legitimacy for Yemen has many options in Hodeidah, including a lightning military operation, coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki told a news conference in Brussels.
“The political diplomatic solution is always optimal for the Yemeni people, stressing that the coalition continues to work to restore Yemeni legitimacy,” Al-Maliki said.
He added that a lightning military operation against the Houthi militia was an available option, noting that the safety of Yemeni civilians is a top priority and any concession or proposal of the Houthi militia must be through the UN envoy to Yemen.
Al-Maliki said the coalition provides all facilities for the entry of medical and food aid to Hodeidah, stressing that the liberation of Hodeidah will affect all Yemenis and will stop the illegal collection of money.
“We are working to distribute aid on Yemeni territory without any discrimination. The Houthi militia is imposing restrictions on the relief work and the UN staff,” he said, adding that the liberation of Hodeidah would cut the vital artery to arming the Houthi militia.


First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

Updated 21 September 2018
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First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

JEDDAH: Weam Al-Dakheel has become the first woman to anchor the main evening news bulletin on Saudi Arabia’s main national TV station.
Al-Dakheel presented the news alongside Omar Al-Nashwan on Thursday on Saudia TV channel.
Saudis took to Twitter to celebrate her achievement and the new milestone for Saudi women.
Writer Rayan Al-Jidani said: “Her performance was distinctive in terms of concentration, presence and clear articulation. I wish her more success in her career in media with the national channel @saudiatv.”
Television broadcaster Wael Rafeeq said: “Today, we are very pleased with this great development and quantum leap that the national television is undergoing.”
“It is beautiful to see our national channel in this honorable image. I hope this level of dedication at work is maintained, and developments continue being executed,” Twitter user @abukhaled2030 said.
@aliya_m1khan tweeted: “She is a champion. Such a strong and confident character, a great example.”

Al-Dakheel previously worked for CNBC Arabia and was an intern at Dar Al Hayat Newspaper.
Women have presented the news on other Saudi channels like Al-Ekhbariya for several years.
Their increasing profile in Saudi Arabia’s media comes amid the sweeping social reforms brought in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including the lifting of the ban on women drivers.