Arab coalition’s peace efforts in Yemen appreciated

Fighters from the Popular Resistance Committees, supporting forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, perform maneuvers during a graduation ceremony in the southern city of Taiz on August 17, 2018. (AFP / AHMAD AL-BASHA)
Updated 27 August 2018

Arab coalition’s peace efforts in Yemen appreciated

RIYADH: Al-Bayda Gov. Maj. Gen. Nasser Al-Khader Al-Sawadi praised the role of the Arab Alliance in supporting the Yemeni National Army on various fronts.

He made the remarks during a visit to the province’s Al-Malajim frontier, according to sources.

Separately, a senior Al-Qaeda leader was killed in Yemen’s central province of Marib while fighting alongside the government forces battling the Houthi militia, officials and tribal leaders said Saturday.

Ghalib Al-Zaidi’s death came a week ago in an exchange of fire during clashes in the Sirwah district of Marib, they said. 

The officials and elders told said Al-Zaidi had dozens of Al-Qaeda operatives under his command and had taken part in several battles against the Houthis in the province. 

In 2017, Al-Zaidi was placed on the UN Security Council’s sanctions list as a Yemen-based individual “who acts for or on behalf of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.” 

The UN found him to be providing the Yemeni affiliate of the global terror network with weapons, funding, and recruits. 

Al-Zaidi was also found to have helped Al-Qaeda to expand its control in parts of Marib.  

 


Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

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Ukrainian pianist hits the high notes for Taif visitors

TAIF: It is not unusual for musicians to aim for the stars, but organizers of the Crown Prince Camel Festival in Taif gave the Ukrainian concert pianist Olina Lukashu a head start.

Visitors to the opening entertainment events at King Faisal Garden were treated to the sight and sound of Lukashu performing 5 meters in the air, dressed in a long white gown that reached down to the ground.

“It was decided to put her at the entrance of the garden, all dressed in white to welcome the visitors,” festival spokesman Saleh Al-Anzi told Arab News.

“It is a new idea that was greatly enjoyed by visitors, who admired her rendition of various musical pieces.”

Among the 25 events taking place in conjunction with this year’s festival is a circus presented by five Latin American countries, Al-Anzi said. There is also a free childcare service, mobile food courts, international restaurants and a live broadcasting studio.  “Visitors will be able to ride camels inside the park, and enjoy the handicrafts on display by various artisans,” he said.

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers, told Arab News the Taif Season was important in terms of generating employment opportunities for young Saudis, and creating tourist projects. “All the events are full of visitors,” he said.

He said 2,000 jobs were provided during the Taif Season, and those who took up the opportunities gained skills and knowledge about the requirements of an audience.

“Saudi culture has changed, and Saudis have become more aware of global challenges and requirements, and the expectations of tourists and other consumers,” he said. “Taif Season has set a high standard.”