Arab coalition highlights humanitarian efforts in Yemen

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks at a press conference in Riyadh. (File photo/SPA)
Updated 10 June 2019
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Arab coalition highlights humanitarian efforts in Yemen

  • The coalition is working to end the Houthi coup and restore Yemen’s legitimate government
  • Cited launch of air bridge from Riyadh to Aden to provide emergency relief for those affected by floods

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government conducts humanitarian work as well as military operations, its spokesman said on Monday.

Turki Al-Maliki cited the launch of an air bridge from Riyadh to Aden to provide emergency relief for those affected by floods in Yemen.

The coalition has been carrying out humanitarian work since the start of its military operations in Yemen, he said.

The coalition helped a crew member of the Iranian ship Savis for medical reasons after Saudi Arabia received a request for help from Iran, Al-Maliki added.

He offered a video of the rescue of the crew member, who received medical treatment and was transported by helicopter to a military hospital in Jizan near the Saudi-Yemeni border.

The coalition is working to end the Houthi coup and restore Yemen’s legitimate government by trying to find common ground for all political parties to resolve the crisis, Al-Maliki said.

“The Iranian regime is working to undermine regional stability through the Houthi militias,” he said, adding that the coalition and the Yemeni Army continue to target Houthi capabilities.

The Houthis continue to threaten maritime traffic in the Bab Al-Mandeb strait and the Red Sea, and are still planting mines that threaten civilians, Al-Maliki said, adding that more than 72,000 mines have been removed from roads and farms. Maritime mines planted by the Houthis are similar to the Iranian Sada mines, he said.  

There were 226 ballistic missiles launched by the Houthis toward Saudi Arabia between March 26, 2015, and June 10, 2019, he added.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.