Arab coalition bombs air base being used by Houthi militias

Colonel Turki Al-Malki said a base in the Yemeni capital was hit. (AN photo)
Updated 03 November 2018

Arab coalition bombs air base being used by Houthi militias

  • Al-Malki added that Sanaa International Airport remains open to UN and relief-aid air traffic

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen said Friday it bombed an air base adjacent to the Sanaa international airport “which was being used by the rebels to launch drone and ballistic missile attacks.”

Turki Al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said that no flights or international aid efforts at the airport were affected by the airstrikes targeting Al-Dulaimi Air Base in Sanaa. 

He added that Saudi air defense forces on Friday shot down a missile launched by Yemeni insurgents at the southern Saudi border city of Najran. The rocket was fired from Saada in northern Yemen, he said.

Fierce clashes flared between the Houthis and pro-government forces near Hodeidah.

A day after the government offered to restart peace talks with the insurgents, a pro-government military source told AFP that loyalist forces closing in on the Houthi-held Red Sea port city had reached its university.

The advance sparked intense fighting with rebels, with medical workers at two hospitals in the city reporting at least 34 Houthi fighters killed and dozens wounded during the past 24 hours.

Pro-government military officials and a medic in Hodeidah said six loyalist fighters had died in the violence. The fighting began on Thursday evening, backed by coalition airstrikes, they said.

A pro-government force backed by the UAE said it had launched “a large-scale military operation to liberate and cleanse Hodeidah” of the Houthi rebels.

Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

King Salman arrived in Al-Jouf on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018

Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

  • The king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure

JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions.
King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will announce the construction of a new city, bolstering the local economy and creating thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s most northern region.
On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 
He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion ($22 billion) city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion —  and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase — worth SR30 billion.
In the past two months the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom inline with Vision 2030 — a broad strategic plan to diversify the economy and end dependence on oil revenues.
Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched.
He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxurious tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction.
King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced yet another major project in western Saudi Arabia.
Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions, adds to a number of already launched ventures on western coastal regions.
PIF will establish a company to develop Wadi Al-Disah in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development.
In addition to this week’s tour, the king has so far visited Madinah, Qassim and Hail.