Arab coalition rescues 102 child recruits from Houthi militia in Yemen

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks at a press conference in Riyadh. (File photo/Reuters)
Updated 03 December 2018
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Arab coalition rescues 102 child recruits from Houthi militia in Yemen

RIYADH: The Arab Coalition fighting to support the legitimate government in Yemen said it rescued and rehabilitated 102 child recruits from Houthi militia.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Monday, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki affirmed that the coalition is continuing its fight against Al-Qaeda and Daesh in Yemen.
He also said the coalition was continuing to grant permits to Yemeni ports and airports, however he added that Hodeidah port has been clear of ships for the past three days because the Iranian-backed Houthi militia has blocked vessels from entering.
Col. Al-Malki said 14 permits have been issued for ships heading to Yemeni ports, carrying food and petroleum products.
He added the coalition had issued 23 air permits, 14 maritime permits, 6 land permits, and 61 permits to protect convoys, a total of 104 permits, within 72 hours.
The coalition spokesperson added that there are five ships waiting to enter the port of Hodeidah and Salaf, and the waiting period is 26 days.
“The Houthi militia are affecting the Yemeni people by deliberately disrupting the entry and unloading of these five vessels,“he said.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.