Saudi Arabia highlights measures for the disabled

Ahmed Al-Frian, delivering a speech at the 12th session of the Convention on Persons with Disabilities at the UN headquarters in New York. (SPA)
Updated 13 June 2019

Saudi Arabia highlights measures for the disabled

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has taken measures to bolster social protection and integration for people with disabilities, said the counselor of the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN.

Ahmed Al-Frian, delivering a speech at the 12th session of the Convention on Persons with Disabilities at the UN headquarters in New York, said the Kingdom guarantees citizens’ rights in case of emergencies, sickness, disability and old age.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development supervises centers for comprehensive rehabilitation throughout the Kingdom, he added. Some 7 percent of the Saudi population have a mild or severe disability.

On Tuesday, King Salman urged all government agencies to adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all official communications and media statements regarding the disabled community in the Kingdom. 


GCC chief joins condemnation of Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco Shaybah gas plant 

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GCC chief joins condemnation of Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco Shaybah gas plant 

  • Aramco said the attack caused a small fire but that there were no injuries
  • Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attack 'threatens security and stability in the region'

JEDDAH: The head of the GCC condemned on Sunday a Houthi attack on a Saudi Aramco gas plant.

The militants claimed 10 drones struck the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the border with the UAE.

Aramco said the attack caused a small fire but that there were no injuries and operations were uninterrupted.

GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attack was a “cowardly act that threatens security and stability in the region.”

“The targeting of oil facilities in the Kingdom reveals the malicious goals harming the global energy supply,” he said.

He called on the international community to condemn the Houthi’s attacks.

The militants, who are based in Yemen and backed by Iran, have previously used crude kamikaze drones laden with explosives to target infrastructure in the Kingdom.

In May, the Houthis attacked two oil pumping stations with drones but caused no disruption to operations.

They have also repeatedly targeted Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, including a strike in June that killed a Syrian and wounded 21 others.

The attack on Saturday was widely condemned, including by the UAE. 

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, Khalid Al-Falih said the attack was not only aimed at Saudi Arabia “but also against the global economy.”

The Houthis sparked the conflict in Yemen when they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014. An Arab coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE, intervened in 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government.