Seven hurt in Houthi attack targeting Najran

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Saudi Arabian air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia from Yemen toward Najran on Thursday evening. (Reuters)
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Firing of ballistic missiles at populated cities and villages is contrary to international law. (SPA)
Updated 31 August 2018
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Seven hurt in Houthi attack targeting Najran

  • The missile was part of a flurry of attacks on the Kingdom in recent weeks
  • The Arab coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen has repeatedly stressed the involvement of Iran

JEDDAH: JEDDAH: Seven people were hurt when debris from an intercepted missile fell on residential areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran, near the border with Yemen, on Thursday night.
The missile was launched from Saadah governorate of Yemen by Houthi militia and intercepted by Royal Saudi Air Defense forces, Arab coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.
Two Saudi women, two Bangladeshis and one Indian sustained minor injuries, he said.
“The hostile action taken by the Houthi forces proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting Houthi armed groups in clear defiance of UN Resolution 2216 and Resolution 2231,” said Al-Maliki.
He condemned the firing of ballistic missiles at populated cities and villages, which is contrary to international law.
The coalition has repeatedly stressed the involvement of Iran in supporting the Houthis, supplying the militia with missiles to threaten Saudi Arabia’s regional security.
Houthi aggression in recent months has led to a global outcry with a number of countries and organizations condemning the launch of ballistic missiles targeting the Kingdom.

 


US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the US. (SPA)
Updated 20 September 2018
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US highlights Saudi Arabia’s key role in global fight against terrorism

  • The US State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has praised Saudi Arabia for its efforts to combat terrorism, describing the Kingdom as an active and key member in the global coalition to defeat Daesh.
“Saudi Arabia has continued to maintain a strong anti-terrorism relationship with the United States and has supported the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries,” the State Department noted in its annual report on the global state of terrorism. It also highlighted the joint strategic vision between the two countries and a number of new initiatives to counter terrorist messages and disrupt the financing of terrorism launched last year during US president Donald-Trump’s visit to the Kingdom.
The report said Saudi Arabia has implemented systems to follow UN Security Council sanctions on groups and individuals linked to Daesh and Al Qaeda, and has expanded existing counterterrorism programs and projects to rehabilitate terrorist fighters who leave extremist groups. It has also adopted laws to counter the financing of terrorist groups.
The State Department pointed out that the Kingdom has achieved a high level of accuracy in its counterterrorism operations, and has carried out a number of arrests and disrupted active terrorist cells throughout the country.
The report referred to terrorist plans that were thwarted in the Kingdom, noting the efforts being made in legislation, law enforcement and border security, as well as the country’s positive contribution as a member of the Financial Action Task Force for the Middle East and North Africa, a regional body that imposes financial sanctions on individuals and groups that help to fund terrorism.
"The Kingdom has maintained strict control over the banking sector and tightened sanctions on the financing of terrorism," the report said.
It also pointed out that the Kingdom provided 100 million euros ($117 million) to fight terrorism in the Sahel countries in Africa, as the Kingdom is a founding member of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum.