Shoura Council denounces UN allegations against Arab coalition in Yemen

Updated 06 June 2016
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Shoura Council denounces UN allegations against Arab coalition in Yemen

RIYADH: The Shoura Council denounced Monday the contents of a report issued by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, accusing the Arab coalition to have committed human rights breaches against children in Yemen.
In a statement, read to reporters by Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Amro, the Shoura Council said such accusations by the UN based on unconfirmed information come at a time the UN has failed to enforce several resolutions issued against the Houthi coup and forces loyal to deposed President Ali Saleh in Yemen.
The Shoura Council called on the United Nations to reconsider and change its position and urged it to try to get information from official sources, either from the legitimate government, led by President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, or the Arab coalition command.
The statement also regrets the paralyzed situation of the United Nations that reflects its complete failure to obtain information from reliable sources and find the facts with professionalism and objectivity, noting that the situation in Yemen today undoubtedly shows that the side attacking and killing children, besieging the cities, starving the people and shelling the hospitals is that of Houthi militias who usurped power in the capital, Sanaa.
Finally, the Shoura Council reiterated its confidence in the Arab coalition command, appreciating their sacrifice to restore the legitimacy and salvage the oppressed people in Yemen and expressed support for the legitimate government of President Hadi to restore sovereignty and control over all parts of Yemen.


Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon.
The pills were discovered hidden on two buses that were transporting passengers to the Kingdom’s holy sites.
Mohammed Qaisi, the customs general manager, said the first bus was carrying 47 passengers and after the customs procedures were finalized and the passengers were processed, a bag containing 100,000 tablets was found.
“The narcotics were hidden in an artistic way and were placed inside the bag’s lining,” he said.
Qaisi also said the second attempt was thwarted in a similar way. The other bus was transporting 31 passengers, on which a total of 84,737 Captagon pills were seized.
Saudi Arabia usually witnesses a rise of smuggling attempts during the Umrah and Hajj seasons, as they are exploited by smugglers trying to transport narcotics and other contraband. 
Saudi Customs said it is exerting great efforts and working with all its human and technical capabilities to prevent the entry of illegal substances.