New term: Saudi ministries team up to provide education opportunities for inmates

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Inmates of Al-Qassim Prison — which also cover higher education — resumed their academic year. (SPA)
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Inmates at Madinah prisons have returned to school for the second semester of the academic year. (SPA)
Updated 11 January 2019
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New term: Saudi ministries team up to provide education opportunities for inmates

  • Madinah Prison’s Malik bin Sinan Schools and Yanbu Prison’s Imam Al-Shafi’I Schools cover all grades from the primary up to high school level

JEDDAH: Providing prison inmates with education is one of the most important joint projects between the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Prisons and the Ministry of Education.
Inmates at Madinah prisons have returned to school for the second semester of the academic year. Madinah Prison’s Malik bin Sinan Schools and Yanbu Prison’s Imam Al-Shafi’I Schools cover all grades from the primary up to high school level.
Inmates of Al-Qassim Prison — which also cover higher education — resumed their academic year on Jan. 10 with 305 inmates enrolled in the schools and 118 in the universities.


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.”