2nd Qassim Book Fair attracts big crowds

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More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors. (SPA)
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More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors. (SPA)
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More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors. (SPA)
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More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors. (SPA)
Updated 12 January 2019
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2nd Qassim Book Fair attracts big crowds

  • More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors

JEDDAH: The 2nd Qassim Book Fair, organized by the municipality of Buraidah, attracted thousands of visitors on Friday.
Held at the Qassim International Convention and Exhibition Center, the fair offers a variety of cultural events to promote the publishing industry in Saudi Arabia. More than 200 publishing houses have taken part, as well as many government agencies, companies and authors.
Ahmed Al-Hamdan, vice president of the Arab Publishers Association, said that the event would help to encourage society to read.

 


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.”