Riyadh meet to decide Yemen course of action

CHAOS: A blown up mosque in Taiz.
Updated 31 July 2016
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Riyadh meet to decide Yemen course of action

RIYADH/NEW YORK: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen has offered to share with the United Nations the results of 10 investigations into airstrikes on civilian targets, reports AFP.
Saudi Ambassador Abdallah Al-Moallami outlined a series of measures the coalition is taking to prevent attacks on civilians in Yemen in the 13-page letter sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The coalition will share the results of the investigations with the UN during a meeting they have proposed to be held in Riyadh, he said.
“The coalition takes any allegations of violations of civilians and children’s rights very seriously,” the ambassador said. “The coalition is unequivocally committed to the protection of civilians and fully respects its obligations under international law.”
The results “will be shared with the UN as soon as the review and investigative process is completed,” Al-Moallami said. Aside from the investigations, the coalition has set up a reparations committee to consider compensation for the victims.
Meanwhile, a meeting is due in Riyadh to discuss the latest developments in Yemen, in the wake of Houthis’ announcement to form a political council to manage the country’s affairs.
A number of ambassadors of countries sponsoring the Yemen peace talks would meet to chalk out the future course of action. The meeting will determine the next diplomatic measures to be taken on the international and regional levels in the wake of the latest developments.
Yemen’s government delegation on Saturday quit talks in Kuwait with Houthi rebels.
Hadi’s officials said they were considering proposals to reconvene the talks with the rebels in Oman.
Coalition jets, close to the Najran border, bombed the Houthis trying to infiltrate the Kingdom on Saturday, killing tens of rebels, security sources said.
Capt. Abdul Razzaq Al-Mulhem of Saudi Arabia laid down his life in Najran during a gun battle.


Saudi princess wins first place in King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival

Updated 17 February 2019
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Saudi princess wins first place in King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival

Princess Sirene Bint Abdul Rahman bin Khalid Al-Saud fought off competition, coming first in the single Al-Dig (under 4-year-old camels) category at the third annual King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival.

The princess is the first female participant to take part in the Saudi camel festivals.

The third King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival organized by the country’s Camel Club runs until March 20 in the southern Sayahdah district of Al-Dahnaa.