Saudi Arabia braces for heavy rain as red weather warning issued for Madinah

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Heavy rain continued to fall on Madinah. (SPA)
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Heavy rain continued to fall on Madinah. (SPA)
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Heavy rain continued to fall on Madinah. (SPA)
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Torrential rain continued to pound Tabouk governorates and areas. (SPA)
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Torrential rain continued to pound Tabouk governorates and areas. (SPA)
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Torrential rain continued to pound Tabouk governorates and areas. (SPA)
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Torrential rain continued to pound Tabouk governorates and areas. (SPA)
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Torrential rain continued to pound Tabouk governorates and areas. (SPA)
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Torrential rain continued to pound Tabouk governorates and areas. (SPA)
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Torrential rain continued to pound Tabouk governorates and areas. (SPA)
Updated 01 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia braces for heavy rain as red weather warning issued for Madinah

JEDDAH: Meteorologists in Saudi Arabia have issued a red warning for heavy rain in Madinah province.
Civil defense teams have been deployed in preparation to respond to any flooding.
Heavy rain has caused flooding across the Kingdom in recent weeks with a number of fatalities and disruption for transport.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection said Friday further torrential rain was forecast for several regions of the Kingdom.
They include Tabuk, Madinah and its coastal areas, Al-Jouf, the Northern Border Region and Hail. Thunderstorms are also expected in the Makkah area, including its coastal areas, as well as in the southwestern highlands.
Maj. Abdulaziz bin Farhan Al-Shammari, a civil defense spokesman in Tabuk, said they were working on clearing recent floodwaters in inundated areas, valleys and coastlines throughout the province.
He said they had received several emergency calls from people, some of whom had there homes flooded in Taima and were forced to evacuate.
Civil defense teams in Amlaj rescued a family of seven people who were swept away by floods in a mountainous area. They are all escaped unharmed.
Al-Shammari warned of the dangers of floods and rain, stressing the need for citizens and residents to cooperate and follow the warnings issued by the civil defense. 
It also warned people to stay away from valleys, as they will be at risk of being swept away by floods or exposed to electric currents.


Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

Updated 23 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia, UAE to attend US-led Palestine investment meeting

  • The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting
  • Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia and the UAE will participate in a conference next month in Bahrain aimed at encouraging investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as part of US President Donald Trump’s long–awaited Israel–Palestine peace plan. 

The Peace to Prosperity conference, to be hosted on June 25–26 in cooperation with the US, has already been rebuffed by Palestinian officials and business leaders, who want their political demands met by any proposed solution to the conflict.

The Palestine Liberation Organization and Islamist group Hamas have called for an Arab boycott of the meeting.

The Saudi minister of economy and planning, Mohammed bin Majid Al–Tuwaijri, will attend, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Abu Dhabi would also send a delegation.

The Palestinian Authority has boycotted American peace efforts since late 2017, when Trump decided to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognized the latter as the capital of Israel, reversing decades of US policy.

The Trump administration has sought to enlist support from Arab governments.

But Saudi Arabia has assured Arab allies that it will not endorse any US plan that fails to meet key Palestinian demands, which include affirming East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, the right of return for refugees, and a freeze on Israeli settlement construction.