Houthis and Hezbollah ‘trafficking drugs to fund military operations’

Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Arab coalition, speaks to media. (SPA)
Updated 04 September 2018
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Houthis and Hezbollah ‘trafficking drugs to fund military operations’

  • Yemeni security forces in Marib governorate confiscated a shipment of drugs coming from Lebanon

“Houthi militias have been trafficking drugs, which the Yemeni security forces with the support of the coalition have been fighting to stop,” said Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Saudi-led Arab coalition at a press conference in Riyadh on Monday.
The spokesman accused the Houthis of being drug traffickers in cooperation with the Lebanese Hezbollah group.
Al-Maliki said that coalition forces were helping Yemen’s legitimate security forces to counter the Houthi drug trade. He added that many drug shipments had been seized and that some of the seized shipments had the slogan “Beirut Youth Council.”
“This explains the relationship between Hezbollah and the Houthi militias in an effort to find sources of funding for military operations,” he said.
“Al-Houthi militias continue to threaten maritime navigation in the Strait of Bab Al-Mandeb and the Red Sea.”
Yemeni security forces in Marib governorate confiscated a shipment of drugs coming from Lebanon, on its way to the Houthi militias in the capital Sanaa, according to the Yemeni Information Ministry.
On Thursday, the Yemeni minister of Information Mouammar Al-Aryani said on his Twitter account that the seized drug shipment was hidden inside coffee packets.
Al-Maliki said that Iranian-backed Houthi militias are using schools in Taiz district to avoid the Saudi-led coalition’s targeting.
The coalition said that it accepts the results of the investigation of the Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT) following an attack on a bus last month that killed dozens.


‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. (AN photo)
Updated 24 September 2018
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‘Our History is Misk’ revive 20 traditional professional figures in Jeddah

  • Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life

JEDDAH: “Our History is Misk,” supported by the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation, is being organized at the historical site of Jeddah.
The event is bringing nostalgia through a number of scenes that embody the life the city witnessed decades ago.
It comes as one of the activities of the foundation’s initiatives center and is part of its role in encouraging creativity and promoting national values in society.
The activities include an open theater to portray the professions of Jeddah citizens in the past. A number of local actors brought 20 extinct professions back to life through their performances.
One of the actors sits in the center, playing the role of the mayor, who used to help the people and solved their differences. Also showcased were the “decorator,” who is similar to barbers nowadays, the distribution of fabrics used in houses at the time, the selling of water in alleys for nominal amounts of money, and the restoration and cleaning of shoes.
Cafes were an important part of Jeddah’s social life. In them, people with all kinds of professions met to drink tea and listen to a storyteller.