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.

 


UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

Updated 23 September 2018
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UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: The celebratory mood to mark Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day has reached as far as New York, with Nasdaq displaying images of the Kingdom’s rulers at its tower on Times Square in New York while Dubai carrier Emirates is pulling out all the stops to join in the festivities.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50pm.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.

 

Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operations of the New York equities exchange, posted: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National day” in its Twitter account, along with photos containing images of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed being projected on a huge electronic billboard. A separate tweet also showed an 11-second video with the merged UAE and Saudi Arabian flags fluttering on the billboard.

 

 

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be illuminated in the national flag of Saudi Arabia, in a display of friendship between the UAE and its Gulf neighbor.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars – one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways’ Wesam Sameer Al-Najjar, the only Saudi National A380 pilot in the world, together with Captain Ahmed Almalood from the UAE, flew the A380 Year of Zayed aircraft to Jeddah for a special one-off service to mark the event.