Houthis hit hard

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Updated 28 March 2015
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Houthis hit hard

Saudi Arabia waged early Thursday “Operation Decisive Storm” against the Houthi coup in Yemen and in support of legitimate President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
The Saudi-led military coalition declared Yemen’s airspace as a “restricted area” after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered the airstrikes on Thursday at 12 a.m. The campaign has already resulted in the elimination of several Houthi leaders.
Yemen air space is currently under full control of the Saudi Royal Air Force. As the operation continues, a coalition of all GCC countries, barring Oman, is taking part in the campaign, including Sudan, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Pakistan.
Saudi Arabia has deployed 100 fighter jets, 150,000 soldiers and other navy units, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.
Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Washington Adel Al-Jubeir told reporters that a 10-country coalition had joined the campaign in a bid “to protect and defend the legitimate government” of Hadi.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia halted flights to seven airports south of the Kingdom, Reuters reported.
Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassine said the operations would continue until the Houthis agreed to join peace talks and backtrack on all measures taken by them.
The coalition warplanes carried out fresh strikes in the evening on Thursday, targeting a rebel-held military base in third city Taiz, local officials said. The attack hit the Al-Tariq airbase in Taiz, located in southwestern Yemen, they said.


Saudi Cultural Exhibition concludes in Moscow

Seven Saudi films from young local directors streamed during the exhibition. (SPA)
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Saudi Cultural Exhibition concludes in Moscow

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cultural Exhibition in Moscow, organized by the General Culture Authority on the sidelines of the FIFA World Cup, has concluded its activities and events.
The four-day exhibition attracted a large number of visitors, who were informed about Saudi culture, art and heritage through short films, traditional costumes, folkloric shows, and books translated into Russian.
There were also various pavilions, including for Arabic calligraphy, Saudi hospitality, Arabic coffee, henna and fine art, as well as one aimed at children. Seven films by young Saudi directors were screened, and were well received by audiences.
Seven Saudi films from young local directors streamed during the exhibition.
The exhibition was part of the General Culture Authority’s efforts to inform people about Saudi culture, art and identity.