Saudi funded water supply project opens in Sri Lanka

Updated 10 January 2019
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Saudi funded water supply project opens in Sri Lanka

  • Kalu Ganja River project includes three dams and reservoirs in central Sri Lanka to irrigate 975 hectares of farmland
  • The Saudi Arabian Development Fund contributed SR223.5 million to the project

JEDDAH: A Saudi funded dam project to help bring famers desperately needed water opened Thursday in Sri Lanka.

Kalu Ganja River project includes three dams and reservoirs in central Sri Lanka to irrigate 975 hectares of farmland.

The Saudi Arabian Development Fund contributed SR223.5 million to the project.

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Sri Lanka, Abdel Nasser Bin Hussien Al-Harthi, attended the opening, along with the Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena.

The Saudi Development Fund has contributed to the financing of 11 development projects in Sri Lanka through 14 loans with a total value of SR1.4 billion.


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.”