Saudi Royal Air Defense forces shoot down Houthi drone, 5 civilians injured

An image grab taken from a video obtained by AFPTV shows the moment a drone exploded above Yemen's al-Anad airbase in in the government-held southern province of Lahj on January 10, 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 March 2019

Saudi Royal Air Defense forces shoot down Houthi drone, 5 civilians injured

  • The fall of the fragments of the drone injured five civilians
  • The coalition said the drone showed characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Defense Force shot down a Houthi drone that was flying toward Saudi Arabia, Saudi State TV reported.

The spokesperson of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the drone was targeting civilians in a residential area in the city of Abha.

After examining the debris of the destroyed drone, the coalition said that it showed characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing.

The Spokesman for the Directorate of Civil Defense in Asir Region, Colonel Mohammed Al-Assami, said the fall of the fragments of the drone injured four Saudi nationals, including a woman, and a resident of Indian nationality.

Six vehicles and a number of houses were damaged in the attack. 

 


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 18 August 2019

First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.