5 Saudi soldiers ‘martyred’ in 8-hour Najran clash

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In this combination of pictures shared on social media, a slain Yemeni attacker lies on the desert sand after heavy fighting with Saudi forces along the kingdom’s border with Yemen in Najran (left frame). On the right frame is a military patrol vehicle riddled with gunfire.
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A Saudi Border Guard patrol is seen along a mountain road along the kingdom's rugged border with Yemen in Najran region in this file photo. (SPA)
Updated 25 July 2016

5 Saudi soldiers ‘martyred’ in 8-hour Najran clash

JEDDAH: Five Saudi Border Guard soldiers were slain in a day-long battle with “hostile elements” from Yemen who tried to penetrate the kingdom’s southern border on Monday, the Ministry of Interior said.
A ministry statement said that the armed groups attacked from several directions along the vast border in Najran region and it took responding Saudi forces eight hours to completely repel them.
The “martyrs” were identified as Suleiman bin Said bin Suleiman, Musa bin Zain bin Mohammed Marhabi, Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Hassan Sharahili, Marzouq bin Said bin Ali Salloum and Jaber bin Ali bin Hussein Al-Alawi.
The statement did not say which group the attackers belonged. In previous infiltration attempts, the culprits have been pinpointed as members of the Iran-backed Shiite Houthi militia.
A number of Saudi soldiers have lost their lives defending the southern borders since Houthis and loyalists of disgraced former Yemen president Ali Abdullah Ali went on a rampage since 2014.
The unholy Houthi-Saleh alliance succeeded in capturing the capital Sanaa and forcing the government of President Abedrabbo Mansou Hadi to seek refuge in Riyadh.
In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of Arab countries launched a military offensive in Yemen with the goal of restoring the UN-recognized Hadi government.
Peace talks between Hadi’s government and the Houthis are going on in Kuwait in a bid to end the conflict.

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.