Saudi landmines project clears 1,371 Houthi devices

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A team from the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center distributes food baskets in Yemen’s Saada governorate on Monday. (SPA)
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MASAM aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely. (SPA)
Updated 26 February 2019
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Saudi landmines project clears 1,371 Houthi devices

  • KSRelief serves 4,112 Syrian refugees in Zaatari camp

JEDDAH: The Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance (MASAM) in Yemen extracted 14 anti-personnel mines, 625 anti-vehicle mines, 67 explosive devices and 665 unexploded ordnance — totaling 1,371 mines — during three weeks of February.
A total of 44,743 mines have been extracted since the beginning of the project. An estimated 1 million mines have been planted by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias in Yemen over the past three years claiming hundreds of civilian lives.
MASAM aims to dismantle mines in Yemen to protect civilians and ensure that urgent humanitarian supplies are delivered safely. Houthis are developing anti-vehicle mines and turning them into antipersonnel explosives to intimidate and terrorize civilians.
The vast number of landmines continues to pose a threat to the lives of Yemeni people.
Aid programs
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY) have organized an event to showcase aid provisions for Yemeni civilians, provided by the Kingdom.
It will be hosted by KSRelief chief Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, with officials from other regional states such as the UAE, as well as the UN, the World Food Programme and various charities also in attendance.
On Monday, KSRelief announced it had distributed 1,700 cartons of dates in the Yemeni port city of Mukalla, providing food for over 10,000 people.

Serving Syrian refugees
KSRelief provided services through its clinics in Jordan’s Zaatari refugee camp to 4,112 Syrians during the third week of February.
According to medical records, KSRelief’s general clinics received the highest number of patients (1,260), followed by children’s clinics (1,254). Women’s clinics received 400 patients.
Also, 189 Syrian refugees received treatment at the ear and nose clinic, 265 at the internal medicine clinic, and 218 at the dental clinic.
The surgical clinic treated 281 patients, the vaccine clinic 122, the communicable disease control project 59, and the nutrition and health care clinic 64.
KSRelief’s clinics provide patients in Zaatari refugee camp with free medicine and treatment, as well as follow-ups for patients suffering from chronic diseases.
These clinics are one of the health programs offered by KSRelief to Syrian refugees in Jordan.


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.