Saudi and US militaries in WMD attack training

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The second stage of the Saudi-American joint exercise Shield 2 started. (SPA)
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The second stage of the Saudi-American joint exercise Shield 2 started. (SPA)
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The second stage of the Saudi-American joint exercise Shield 2 started. (SPA)
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The second stage of the Saudi-American joint exercise Shield 2 started. (SPA)
Updated 17 September 2018

Saudi and US militaries in WMD attack training

JEDDAH: The militaries of Saudi-Arabia and the United States rehearsed a joint response on Sunday to an attack using weapons of mass destruction.
Military and medical officers wearing decontamination suits rushed to aid stricken victims in the mock scenario, SPA reported.
The training began after the operations center received a report stating that a contaminant was present due to enemy action.
Reconnaissance and detection teams were sent to the contaminated area, wearing protective gear.
The wounded were evacuated to a non-contaminated area to cleanse the injured from contaminants and transfer them to private field hospitals.
The exercise included US forces and all branches of the Saudi armed forces, as well as the military’s medical services, the Ministry of Health, Civil Defense and the Saudi Red Crescent.
The training was part of the Shield 2 exercises with the United States that began earlier this month.


2 more Houthi drones shot down by Saudi-led Coalition forces

Updated 31 min 59 sec ago

2 more Houthi drones shot down by Saudi-led Coalition forces

  • Three drones, six ballistic missiles launched toward Saudi Arabia by Houthis in a span of 24 hours
  • All six missiles and three drones were shot down by Coalition air defenses

JEDDAH: Two more drones launched by Houthi "terrorists" from Sanaa toward Saudi Arabia were shot down early Monday, the ninth hit in a span of 24 hours, Coalition forces supporting Yemen's legitimate government said .

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the two drones were intercepted and shot down in Yemeni airspace by Saudi-led air defense forces.

On Sunday evening, six ballistic missiles fired from Yemen were also intercepted by the coalition as they headed towards Jazan in south-west Saudi Arabia.

Al-Maliki said the missiles were launched by Houthis from Saada province "in an attempt to target civilian and civilian installations in Jazan city.” 

Earlier on Sunday, the coalition shot down a Houthi drone targeting the Saudi city of Khamis Mushayt, state news agency SPA reported.

The drone attack targeting Khamis Mushayt, state was the second on the city in recent days. 

Earlier this month, 10 drones attacked the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia near the UAE border. The attack caused no injuries and did not disrupt operations, Saudi Arabia said.

Al-Maliki said the attacks reflect the size of the Houthi’s losses on the battlefield in Yemen as a result “of the continuing military operations deep inside Saada governorate.”

"All attempts by the Iranian-backed terrorist Houthi militia to launch drones are doomed to fail and the coalition takes all operational procedures and best practices of engagement rules to deal with these drones to protect civilians," Al-Maliki said.