Saudi scouts to participate in the Inter-American forum in Peru

The Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association is set to participate in the Third Inter-American Scout Moot in Peru, under the theme “Walking together through America.” (File photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi scouts to participate in the Inter-American forum in Peru

  • Organized by the Scout Association of Peru, the event is for young people aged 18 to 25
  • The activities include cycling, horseback riding, kayaking, climbing and descending, and windsurfing

RIYADH: The Saudi Arabian Boy Scouts Association is set to participate in the Third Inter-American Scout Moot in Peru from Jul 27 to Aug 5, under the theme “Walking together through America.”
It is an official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), hosted and organized by the Scout Association of Peru, for young people aged 18 to 25.
More than 2,000 scouts from 160 national associations from around the world are expected to participate in the event, which also marks the 100th anniversary of the scout movement.
The Secretary General of the Saudi Scout Association, Dr. Abdullah Al-Fahd, said, “the forum provides an opportunity for participants to connect with the world and make new friends as part of their scouting adventure.”
He added the forum will offer an opportunity to exchange intercultural experiences among participants, and to practice collective projects, all participating in Creating a Better World.
The head of the Saudi Scouts delegation, Nasser Al-Aqeel, said that the program includes activities for adventure, the most important of which are cycling, horseback riding, kayaking, climbing and descending, and windsurfing.
The forum includes several workshops, including developing ones self, effective communication, the solar environment, financial intelligence.
It will also feature courses in photography, prevention of anemia, Andean vision, reforestation, agriculture and human rights, as well as traditional games and night activities.
The word moot is Old English and means “an assembly held for discussion.”


Houthi threat to holy sites in Makkah condemned

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Houthi threat to holy sites in Makkah condemned

  • Iran-backed militias have no qualms about attacking the holiest place in Islam, says analyst
  • This is not the first time that Houthi militias have targeted Makkah, having fired on the city in July 2017

JEDDAH: The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed two missiles launched from Yemen by Iran-aligned Houthi militias on Monday. 

The missiles were reported to have been heading toward Makkah and Jeddah. 

A spokesman for the Arab Coalition said that the missiles were destroyed over Taif in the early morning, and that fragments from the first projectile had landed in Wadi Jalil, a valley that extends toward Makkah.

Residents in Jeddah told Arab News that they heard a loud blast early on Monday morning.

This is not the first time that Houthi militias have targeted Makkah, having fired on the city in July 2017.

Videos circulating on social media reportedly show the second missile being intercepted and destroyed in the skies over King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry denounced the Houthi attack and commended the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces for their vigilance. 

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri, a Riyadh-based Saudi political analyst and international relations scholar, said: “This isn’t the first time that the Houthis and their masters in Tehran have fired missiles close to the holy city of Makkah.” 

They have no qualms about attacking the holiest place in Islam, he added. 

“They care nothing for the sanctity of the holy month of Ramadan. What they did today, and what they did in the past, clearly reveal their sinister designs to strike at the heart of the Muslim world,” Al-Shehri said.

“Now is the time for all Muslim nations in the world to come to the defense of the holy land. Our sacred places are under attack from Iran, the Houthis and their militias,” he added.

“Mere condemnation won’t do. Iran and the Houthis have crossed a red line, and this calls for deterrent action against Tehran,” he said.

Yemen’s internationally recognized government also condemned the Houthis’ attempt to target Makkah, calling it “a full-fledged terrorist attack.”

Monday’s aggression came as Saudi Arabia warned that recent drone attacks against its oil-pumping stations by the Houthis will jeopardize UN peace efforts in Yemen and lead to further escalation in the region.

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi ambassador to the UN, said “seven explosive drones” directed by the Houthis attacked pumping stations on May 14 in the cities of Dawadmi and Afif “on the east-west oil pipeline that transfers Saudi oil to Yanbu port and to the rest of the world.”

He urged UN Security Council members, in a letter circulated on Monday, “to disarm this terrorist militia in order to prevent the escalation of these attacks which increase regional tensions and raise the risks of a broader regional confrontation.”

Al-Shehri said Monday’s attack is a reminder to Muslim nations about the clear and present danger from Iran.  “Tehran timed the attack just as King Salman has called for a meeting in Makkah to discuss the threat from Iran to the Muslim world,” Al-Shehri said.

Saudi security forces have intercepted and destroyed 227 ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis at the Kingdom since 2015.