Saudi-led coalition to investigate Yemen bus attack

The Saudi-led coalition said the results of the investigation would be reported back as soon as possible. (File photo / SPA)
Updated 10 August 2018
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Saudi-led coalition to investigate Yemen bus attack

JEDDAH: The Saudi-led coalition announced on Friday it is investigating an attack on a passenger bus in Yemen.
The International Committee for the Red Cross said at least 29 children were killed and dozens more injured when the bus was hit in Saada province on Thursday.
“The leadership of the coalition has ordered the immediate opening of an investigation to assess the events, clarify their circumstances and announce the results as soon as possible,” a senior coalition official said.
The official affirmed the coalition’s constant commitment to investigate all incidents involving allegations of wrongdoing, violations of international law, holding perpetrators accountable and assisting victims.
He also stressed the coalition’s keenness to make every effort to maintain the safety of civilians
The United Nations chief and the US State Department both called for the strike in Dahyan market to be investigated.
Meanwhile, UN chief Antonio Guterres called for an independent investigation of the raid in Dahyan, a town in the Houthis’ home province of Saada.
The UN Security Council on Friday also called for a “credible and transparent” investigation after receiving a closed-door briefing on the strike by a senior UN official.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.