5-year-old injured in Houthi missile attack on Jazan, southwestern Saudi Arabia

Yemeni troops continued to make advances against the Houthi militia near Sanaa (File/AFP)
Updated 04 July 2018

5-year-old injured in Houthi missile attack on Jazan, southwestern Saudi Arabia

  •  Saudi Civil Defense Authority says the Katyusha rocket fired from Yemeni territory
  • Attack comes after Houthi leaders killed near Hodeidah

JEDDAH: A five-year-old boy has been injured after a missile, launched by Houthi militias, struck in Al-Ardah district in Jazan region, according to the Saudi Civil Defense Authority.
The authority’s media spokesperson in Jazan, Col. Yahya Al-Qahtani, said the projectile was a Katyusha rocket fired by members of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from within Yemeni territory.
The spokesman said the boy was transferred to hospital.

The attack came as Yemeni forces, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition, made further advances to new positions in the Nahm front, east of the capital Sanaa.

The extensive fighting against the Houthis caused heavy loss of lives, Saudi Press Agency reported.

A Yemeni military source said “the forces of the Yemeni National Army, backed by the Saudi-led Arab coalition launched a wide attack, from several axes, on the sites of the Houthi militia headquarters in the Nahm front.

“The coalition was able to advance on a number of important sites, including the Nahud Mountains, the village of Al-Madfun, the Al-Rabah mountain range and the sites adjacent to the Salih district overlooking the Al-Mahali valley.”

The source said coalition aircraft targeted three gatherings of Houthi fighters west of Bayda.

Earlier, air raids by the Arab coalition killed several Houthi leaders on the west coast of Yemen while the national army and Popular Resistance advanced towards the eastern areas of Hodeidah.

According of the official news site of Yemen’s Ministry of Defense, the air raid targeted the headquarters of the Houthi militia in the district of Zabid, where several field leaders were meeting.

Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

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Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli is the vice rector for applied studies and research at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran.

He has been published more than 100 times in reputable journals and given lectures at more than 35 conferences. He has been involved in research grants exceeding SR120 million ($32 million) supported by companies and institutions such as the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Aramco, KFUPM and Lockheed Martin Aircraft Industries.

Al-Aqeeli has 17 patents registered with the US Patent Office and three with the Gulf Patent Office. He got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from KFUPM and his doctorate in materials engineering from McGill University in Canada.

He worked in the materials, science, and engineering department of MIT as a postdoctoral fellow and was a research scientist at Harvard.

Al-Aqeeli has won several awards, including the Almarai prize from KACST for creative achievement in 2015 and the Arab Creativity Award from the Arab Thought Foundation that same year. He is a member of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, the American Society for Metals-International, and chairman of the board at the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering.

Female students of KFUPM represented the Kingdom at Intel ISEF 2019 in Arizona, US. They won five major awards. Shouq Faisal Madani received a scholarship from the University of Arizona. 

Commenting on the achievement of KFUPM students, Al-Aqeeli said: “We are proud of the students of the university.”

He also vowed to take measures to promote and nurture local talent.