King appoints Prince Muhammad as new interior minister

Updated 06 November 2012
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King appoints Prince Muhammad as new interior minister

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has appointed Prince Muhammad bin Naif bin Abdulaziz as minister of interior, in place of Prince Ahmed who had taken over the portfolio after the death of Prince Naif.
“Prince Ahmed is relieved of his position as interior minister at his own request and Prince Muhammad bin Naif is appointed interior minister,” a Royal Decree said.
Prince Muhammad, son of the former Interior Minister Prince Naif who died in June, has been deputy interior minister responsible for security affairs for many years. He was spearheading the Kingdom’s campaign against Al-Qaeda militants after the terrorist group launched a series of attacks across the country from 2003 to 2006.
Educated in the US, Prince Muhammad holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.


Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

Updated 24 May 2018
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Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

  • The missile was fired towards the Saudi Arabian province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday
  • It was launched from the Houthi strong-hold in the Yemeni province of Saada

DUBAI: Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards the border province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday morning, Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

The ballistic missile was launched from the Houthi strong-hold province of Saada.

The missile was spotted at 1:58am on Thursday and was headed towards Jazan city, targeting civilian and populated areas.

The Saudi Royal Air Force (RAFF) was able to intercept the missile and destroy it.

The Iranian-backed Houthis have fired a number of missiles over the border at Saudi cities, including the capital, Riyadh, in breach of international laws banning the targeting of civilian areas.

And on Wednesday UAE coalition forces intercepted two boats in the Red Sea being used by the Houthis to target a tanker.