Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down five Houthi drones aimed at Asir region

Five drones were shot down. (File/Reuters)
Updated 15 June 2019

Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down five Houthi drones aimed at Asir region

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down five drones launched by Houthi terrorists against targets in the Kingdom’s southern border region of Asir, a spokesman of the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen’s legitimate government said on Friday.

Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the drones were targeted at Abha International Airport and the city of Khamis Mushayt on Thursday night, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

“Air traffic and airspace at Abha International Airport are operating normally, and there is no delay in flights and passenger traffic,” Al-Maliki said. He said: “The Houthi terrorist militia is trying to target civilian facilities in desperate and repeated attempts, without achieving any of their irresponsible and hostile objectives.” 

He added: “These drones were exposed and dropped. We stress our legitimate right to take appropriate deterrence measures, with such hostile acts and in conformity with international humanitarian law and its customary rules.” 

It was the second drone attack by the Iran-backed Houthis on Khamis Mushayt in four days. Last Monday, Saudi air defense forces shot down two drones launched toward the city.

Meanwhile, the Oman TV News website said on Friday that Muscat was following with “great concern the military escalation” in Yemen’s war as well as the missile strike on Abha airport.


VIDEO: Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab on the charitable cause that helped drive her to the summit of Everest

Updated 21 August 2019

VIDEO: Saudi mountaineer Mona Shahab on the charitable cause that helped drive her to the summit of Everest

  • Shahab vows to continue her close friend's charitable work helping underprivileged children in Egypt

JEDDAH: A Saudi mountaineer who climbed Mount Everest this year has described how her commitment to her late friend’s charity helped drive her to the top of the world’s highest mountain.

 

 

Mona Shahab reached the highest point of the world on May 23 as part of a team of Arab women.

In an emotional video published this week, the mountaineer breaks down as she describes how her close friend and fellow mountaineer Marwa Fayed died in 2013 after complications during childbirth.

Shahab vowed to continue Fayed’s charitable work helping underprivileged children in Egypt, and used her Everest ascent to raise money for the cause.

“I’m doing it to help Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run give 300 children in underprivileged areas in Egypt a chance to be change agents in their communities,” Shahab says in the video posted by filmmaker and mountaineer Elia Saikaly, who documented their ascent.

In an interview with Arab News days before her successful ascent, Shahab spoke about how she hoped her ascent would inspire Saudi women.

“Saudi women can, Saudi women will, reach whatever heights they set their mind and heart to,” she said.

To help Shahab reach her fundraising goal, go to https://www.gofundme.com/f/Everest-for-365-Deeds-Forward