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.


Sharqiah Season: What to expect this weekend?

Updated 21 March 2019
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Sharqiah Season: What to expect this weekend?

RIYADH: A bumper program of entertainment is being lined up in the Eastern Province for the biggest weekend yet of Sharqiah Season.

Concerts, a film festival, and a spectacular air race are just some of the events due to take place in the region as part of attractions for both Saudis and visitors to the Kingdom.

The action gets underway with the fifth annual Saudi Film Festival taking place from March 21 to 26 at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) in Dhahran.

Organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in Dammam, in partnership with Ithra, the movie fest will honor Saudi and Gulf cinema figures and include 10 training workshops and 10 seminars.

The festival aims to promote opportunities for Saudi talent in the film industry and flicks from the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman will be included among screenings.

All participating films will be shown during the event, and there will be a Golden Palm award for best documentary about a Saudi city and best poster (based on audience voting). A winners’ presentation will take place at the closing ceremony, after which the films will be screened at the Ithra center.

Tickets can be purchased via Ithra’s website, with options for single-day, four-day, and VIP passes.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited Red Bull Air Race demo comes to Dammam from March 21 to 23. The event, organized along with the General Sports Authority, will provide spectators with a warm-up taster for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2019 season finale, to be held in Saudi Arabia in November.

The air-racing competition, developed in 2003 and accredited by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is billed as “the most advanced aerial challenge in existence.”

Using the fastest, most agile, high-performance race planes, pilots fly just meters from the ground and against the clock to complete an obstacle course full of twists and turns. The air spectacular takes off at Dammam Corniche between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Saturday will also see the highly anticipated Color Run come to the South Alkhobar Corniche. The 5-km dash involves participants being doused with colored powder at the end of every kilometer. Runners start dressed all in white and emerge at the end of the run covered in the colors of the General Entertainment Authority’s logo.

The untimed run takes place between 5 a.m. and noon and rest areas offering refreshments and entertainment will be available between stops.

For concert fans the Asharqiah Music Festival will feature performances by major names at Dammam’s Life Park. US rapper Pitbull and Canadian DJ Deadmau5 will take to the stage on March 21, and March 22 will witness performances by Egyptian vocalist Amr Diab, US-Moroccan rapper French Montana, and American singer Akon.

Lovers of regional music are not left out, with appearances by Assala Nasri and Mutrif Al-Mutrif on March 22, and Nabil Shuail and Hatem Al-Iraqi on March 23, all at the Prince Faisal Bin Fahd Center in Al-Qatif.

Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment planned for 2019, will run until the end of the month with more than 83 different events scheduled across nine cities in the region.