Arab coalition continues to aid those affected by cyclone Luban in Yemen's Al-Mahra province

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks at a press conference in Riyadh. (File photo / Reuters)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Arab coalition continues to aid those affected by cyclone Luban in Yemen's Al-Mahra province

RIYADH: Arab Coalition spokesperson said they have made great efforts to help the people of Al-Mahra province in Yemen in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Luban.
Col. Turki Al-Maliki said they have allocated 10 helicopters and are continuing land and air relief efforts to assist the people of Al-Mahra.
He added that 60 members of Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense forces have been dispatched to help mitigate the impact of cyclone Luban.
“The Yemeni National Army continues to liberate sites under militia control,” he said, adding that the “coalition’s efforts are continuous at all levels to support the Yemeni people.”
He point out that there are 22 fully operational relief ports in Yemen, calling on the Yemeni people to communicate with the coalition to facilitate the delivery of aid.
Col. Al-Maliki also said militia elements are using mosques as weapons depots.


 


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”