Iran is a threat to maritime navigation: Coalition

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki rejects the statement issued by the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. (SPA)
Updated 31 July 2018
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Iran is a threat to maritime navigation: Coalition

  • More than 5 million Yemenis are benefiting from the relief programs initiated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre

RIYADH: Iran continues to threaten maritime navigation in Bab Al-Mandab and the Red Sea, said Arab coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki.
Speaking at the weekly press conference in Riyadh on Monday, he said the coalition is also making efforts to secure navigation in the Red Sea.
The international community has widely condemned the recent Houthi attack on two Saudi oil tankers in the Red Sea. The attack was termed a blatant violation of international law and a serious threat to international maritime navigation.
They consider it a serious threat to international trade and maritime navigation.
Al-Maliki said the aim of the ongoing military operations in Yemen is to restore legitimacy. He said the Iranian-backed Houthis recently blew up a water station in Tahita in total contravention of international norms.
The coalition spokesman also shared a press statement from the office of the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, which raised the issue of airstrikes.
The statement by Lisa Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, said: “These airstrikes are putting innocent civilians at extreme risk.”
Rejecting the statement, Al-Maliki said the coalition takes all measures in accordance with international and humanitarian laws.
It is the Iranian-backed Houthis, he said, who endanger civilians by using operating from civilian areas.
More than 5 million Yemenis are benefiting from the relief programs initiated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief), Al-Maliki added.
He said Saada has become a point of launching Iranian ballistic missiles.
Al-Maliki said 22 land, sea and air ports in Yemen are still operating, pointing out that the Houthi militias continue to disrupt the entry of aid ships.  The coalition spokesman said Houthis lost 521 fighters between July 23 and 30.


First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

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First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

  • Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season
  • The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin, Sudan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea.
The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin in Sudan.
Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aimed to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase on 2018. He added that 22 trips using four ferries were planned, representing a 29 percent rise in the number of sea journeys on the previous year.
The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom.
Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season. These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, staff responsible for operations at the station, and technical affairs managers.