Saudi Arabia’s Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz has died

Saudi Arabia's Prince Talal Bin Abdulaziz has passed away. (File photo/AFP)
Updated 22 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz has died

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Prince Talal bin Abdulaziz passed away on Saturday, family members and Saudi media said on Twitter.

The news of his passing was confirmed by the Royal Court in a statement and by his son Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal on social media on Saturday. He said that the family would be accepting condolences from Sunday until Tuesday between sunset and evening prayers.

He also said prayers will be held on Sunday afternoon at the Imam Turki Grand Mosque in Riyadh.

Prince Talal, the brother of King Salman and father of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, served as Minister of Communications and Minister of Finance and National Economy in the 1950s and 60s, and held other various positions.

A philanthropist, Prince Talal offered education scholarships to Saudi students and was the founder of the Kingdom's first school for vocational training in 1954 and the first girls' school in Riyadh in 1957.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”