Saudi Arabian defence forces destroy Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Najran

Saudi Arabian defence forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards Najran Thursday. (Reuters)
Updated 13 September 2018
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Saudi Arabian defence forces destroy Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Najran

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian defence forces intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards Najran Thursday.

Saudi-led Coalition Spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the coalition detected a ballistic milssile fired towards Saudi Arabia by the Houthi militia from the Yemeni city of Saada at 7.09pm local time.

Saudi Air Defence forces intercepted and destroyed the missile in the province of Saada. The missile was heading in the direction of Najran, and no injuries were reported. 

A total of 194 ballistic missiles have been fired by the Houthi- backed militia towards Saudi Arabia since the Houthis seized the capital Sanaa in September 2014.112 people have died as a result of these missile attacks.

 


Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

Updated 25 May 2019
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Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

  • The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan
  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,463,259, of which 6,964,943 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 925,246 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 679,929 in Makkah and 245,317 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,185,504 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 671,356 entered by land and 108,083 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,530,855) followed by Indonesia (934,827), India (635,675), Egypt (524,728), Algeria (353,425), Yemen (323,083), Turkey (300,517), Malaysia (26,9554), Iraq (268,179) and Jordan (194,908).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,852 Saudis including 8,978 males and 1,874 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.