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.

 


Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

The Shoura Council holds its first ordinary session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Saudi Shoura Council urges promotion of culture of productivity in families

  • The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives

The Shoura Council called upon the Family Affairs Council on Tuesday to build and promote the family’s culture of productivity and self-reliance as one of its strategic pillars, and accord top priority to preparing a draft strategy for the family in coordination with the relevant authorities.

The council adopted this resolution during its first ordinary session of the third year of the seventh session, held under the chairmanship of Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh.

The council encouraged the Family Affairs Council to build partnerships with the nonprofit sector to implement its initiatives, and formulate a scientific description of the characteristics to be instilled in the Saudi family and the enabling supportive environment. 

Assistant Speaker of Shoura Council Yahya Al-Samaan said the council has asked the Public Education Evaluation Commission to focus on leveraging national expertise and to reduce reliance on foreign expertise.

Al-Samaan pointed out that the council made its decision after listening to the views of the members of the Education and Scientific Research Committee on the report submitted by the Public Education Evaluation Commission for the current fiscal year.

On Monday, King Salman inaugurated the third year of the Shoura Council’s seventh session in which he highlighted the Kingdom’s priorities for the coming year and defined the contours of its domestic and foreign policies.

The king pledged to continue the Kingdom’s fight against extremism and all forms of terrorism. He also vowed to support the system of social services and sustainable growth for citizens. 

The speech focused on issues such as the war in Yemen, the Palestinian issue, stability in the oil market, countering Iranian interference in the region and job creation for Saudis.  “The Kingdom will maintain its effort to resolve regional crises,” the king said.

Al-Sheikh noted the council’s pride in the wise leadership’s efforts to unify Arab ranks and promote Islamic solidarity to achieve security and peace in the region and in the world.