Saudi Arabia intercepts two missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthis on Jazan

Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militia towards Jazan. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 10 August 2018

Saudi Arabia intercepts two missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthis on Jazan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia intercepted two missiles on Friday fired by Yemen’s Houthi group at its southern Jazan province, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi-led Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that at exactly 4:55 p.m. local time coalition air defense forces detected the launch of two ballistic missiles by the Iran-backed Houthi militia from Saada province toward the Kingdom.
Col. Al-Maliki said the two missiles were targeted in the direction of Jazan city and were launched deliberately to target civilian and populated areas. 
The Saudi Royal Air Defense Force was able to intercept and destroy the two missiles and prevent any casualties.
The spokesperson added that this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the terrorists in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and resolution 2231.
He noted the Houthi attacks are aimed at threatening the Kingdom’s security, as well as regional and international security and the firing of ballistic missiles at populated towns and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law.
The Houthis’ Masirah TV earlier announced firing “a number” of ballistic missiles at Jazan, and one missile at a Saudi military base in Aseer province.
Both Jazan and Aseer provinces lie on the border with Yemen.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”