Yemenis affected by coalition military operations receive aid

People walk in a market at the old quarter of Sanaa, in this file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 01 September 2018
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Yemenis affected by coalition military operations receive aid

  • The Arab coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to back the country’s internationally recognized government

JEDDAH: The Joint Committee for the Granting of Voluntary Assistance to Victims Affected in Yemen and the National Commission to investigate Alleged Violations to Human Rights approved assistance for people affected by the coalition’s military operations in Yemen.
The Foreign Ministry said in a press conference that the joint committee has finished studying several cases involving people affected by the coalition’s military operations.
The ministry said that in the next two days a specialist team from the joint committee will begin assisting affected people whose cases have been studied by the national committee.
The ministry stressed the Yemeni government’s concern to preserve civilians’ safety, avoid damage in all Yemeni areas and comply with the rules and laws of war.
The Foreign Ministry extended Yemen’s appreciation for the Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia, saying it had a big role in helping the legitimate government in Yemen and in defending the country and people under the leadership of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
“In the context of the constant cooperation and coordination under the umbrella of the coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen, the Yemeni government, represented by the Foreign Ministry, followed up on the meeting of Joint Committee for the Granting of Voluntary Assistance to Victims Affected in Yemen and the National Commission to investigate Alleged Violations to Human Rights, held at the headquarters of the Coalition Forces to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen. During the meeting, it was agreed on the mechanism of granting aid to people affected by the military operations of the coalition in Yemen,” the ministry said.
The Arab coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 to back the country’s internationally recognized government.


Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

King Salman arrived in Al-Jouf on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

  • The king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure

JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions.
King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will announce the construction of a new city, bolstering the local economy and creating thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s most northern region.
On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 
He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion ($22 billion) city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion —  and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase — worth SR30 billion.
In the past two months the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom inline with Vision 2030 — a broad strategic plan to diversify the economy and end dependence on oil revenues.
Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched.
He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxurious tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction.
King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced yet another major project in western Saudi Arabia.
Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions, adds to a number of already launched ventures on western coastal regions.
PIF will establish a company to develop Wadi Al-Disah in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development.
In addition to this week’s tour, the king has so far visited Madinah, Qassim and Hail.