Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces intercept a ballistic missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward Jazan

Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militia toward Jazan. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 16 September 2018
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Saudi Royal Air Defense Forces intercept a ballistic missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia toward Jazan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from within Yemen territory toward the Kingdom, according to Arab Coalition Spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki.
“At exactly 4:49 p.m. local time (1:49 GMT) coalition air defense forces spotted the launch of a ballistic missile by the Houthi militia from within the province of Saada toward the Kingdom’s territory,” he said in a statement.
Col. Al-Maliki added that the missile was launched toward the southwestern city of Jazan and was launched to target civilian and populated areas.
He confirmed the air defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the missile with no casualties were reported.
“This hostile act by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the armed terrorist group in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and resolution 2231, aimed at threatening the security of Saudi Arabia, as well as regional and international security,” Al-Maliki said.
He added that firing ballistic missiles at populated towns and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law.
He pointed out that the total number of ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi militi toward Saudi Arabia has so far reached 195 rockets, which resulted in the deaths of 112 citizens and residents, and wounded hundreds since the Houthi coup on Yemen’s legitimate government.
The coalition spokesperson stressed that the Iranian-backed Houthi militia and those supporting them, who “smuggle these rockets into the Yemeni interior and then launch them indiscriminately at populated cities and terrorize citizens and residents of the Kingdom’s territory, will not escape impunity, and will be pursued until they receive their punishment.
He said, “these acts do not deter coalition forces but rather increase their determination to rid the Yemeni people of the Houthi militia and cut off their flagrant occupations.”
The total number of ballistic missiles fired by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia toward the Kingdom so far has reached 197, causing the deaths of 112 civilians and residents and injuring hundreds.


Hafez Gallery organizes art fair

Syrian artist Osama Esid’s photography explores personal identity. (Supplied)
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Hafez Gallery organizes art fair

JEDDAH: The Hafez Gallery has organized the Shara Art Fair at the Saudi Art Council’s headquarters, bringing together five galleries from around Jeddah.
“I’ve been exhibiting with the Hafez Gallery for the past four years, ever since it started,” Osama Esid, from Damascus, told Arab News.
His painting at the art fair, “Zamakan,” is “about refugees sinking as they try to cross vast stretches of water,” he said.
He created the painting “in the dark to show the final resting place of these refugees,” he added. “I’d use brushes, sticks, and sometimes even my fingers.”
Artist Bashair Hawsawi told Arab News that his piece, showing a couple of broom heads attached back to back, “reflects the experiences I went through this year, because I want to clean my thoughts and ideas from negative
things.” He added: “When I was young, people would comment on my shyness and weakness, so I started to be aware of this, and that helped me work out who I really wanted to be.”
Khalid Zahid, known for his Islamic-themed modern art, exhibited balloons shaped like mosques in different colors. “The concept is called ‘Joyful.’ What I wanted to show was how balloons bring joy whether you’re young or old,” he told Arab News.
“As for the shape, I wanted to show how Islam brings joy to people. That’s why they (the balloons) look like mosques.”