Houthi drone from Yemen intercepted as it targeted Saudi Arabia

The drone was shot down over Yemeni airspace. (AP/File photo)
Updated 27 June 2019
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Houthi drone from Yemen intercepted as it targeted Saudi Arabia

  • Coalition says drone was shot down in Yemeni airspace after it was launched from a site north of Sanaa

JEDDAH: A drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen towards Saudi Arabia was intercepted on Wednesday, the Arab coalition said.

The drone was shot down at 10:20 p.m. in Yemeni airspace after it was launched from a site north of the capital Sanaa.

It is the latest in a string of attacks by the Houthis using explosive "kamikaze" drones. One person was killed and seven others were wounded on Sunday when the militants attacked Saudi Arabia's Abha airport. It follows an attack on the same target earlier this month that injured 26 people.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said "terrorist Houthis continue to launch drones to carry out hostile and terrorist acts by targeting civilians and civilian installations.

The coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia, intervened in the Yemen war in 2015 in support of the Internationally recognized government after the Houthis overran Sanaa and launched an offensive to seize Aden.


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.