Arab coalition operation against missile and drone sites ‘thwarted Houthi militia attack’

A Screengrab from the coalition press conference shows the area that the military operation targeted.
Updated 02 November 2018
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Arab coalition operation against missile and drone sites ‘thwarted Houthi militia attack’

  • Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from within Yemen territory toward Najran on Friday.
  • The missile was launched from Saada, Yemen, toward the Saudi Arabian city of Najran.

JEDDAH: An Arab coalition military operation against missile and drone sites on Thursday thwarted a Houthi militia attack.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki provided more details about the mission during a special briefing on Friday.

The operation targeted ballistic-missile launch and storage sites, UAV ground stations, bomb-making and assembly workshops and their support locations at Al-Dailami air base in Sanaa. The base is linked to the city’s main civilian airport.

Col. Turki Al-Malki said Sanaa International Airport is being used for UAV training, and Thursday’s operation targeted a site which was being used to store ballistic missiles, at the coalition press conference.
He added that coalition forces are monitoring all suspicious operations.
Al-Malki said the Houthi militia continuously rejects the efforts of the international community, especially the members of the Security Council, to reach a political solution. He called on them to comply with the will of the international community and the Yemeni people.
Earlier on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from within Yemen territory toward Najran.
The missile was intercepted at 06.17am and was launched from Saada, Yemen, toward the Saudi Arabian city of Najran.
Col. Al-Maliki added that the missile aimed to target civilian and populated areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.