Red Crescent marks international day in Saudi capital

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Children participate in an entertainment program as part of the Red Crescent Day celebration in Riyadh.(SPA)
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Children participate in fun games as the Red Crescent marks international day in Riyadh. (SPA)
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A Riyadh citizen joins the blood-letting campaign of the Red Crescent in celebration of international day in Riyadh. (SPA)
Updated 10 May 2019
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Red Crescent marks international day in Saudi capital

RIYADH: The Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) in Riyadh is taking part in a series of events to mark World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day.
Celebrated annually on May 8, organizers this year aim to broaden the public’s understanding of the movement by highlighting the diversity of its work under the theme #love.
Extending over three days until Friday, the SRCA is running an awareness exhibition in the capital’s Sahara Mall shopping center to inform visitors about the emergency projects carried out by Red Crescent staff and volunteers.

There is also a children’s theater where families can participate in competitions offering gifts and prizes to the winners.

As part of the international day, the SRCA is holding a blood donation promotional drive in cooperation with the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, in Riyadh.

Sessions will take place over four days at Sahara Mall, and the authority is also campaigning to give iftar for fasting people in different locations throughout the capital.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

Updated 21 May 2019
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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.