Hamas supports military operation for political legitimacy in Yemen

Updated 30 March 2015
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Hamas supports military operation for political legitimacy in Yemen

Hamas extended support for Kingdom-led operation “Decisive Storm,” aimed at restoring the legitimate government in Yemen, as also to save its people from rampaging Houthi militants.
The Palestinian organization said in a statement issued on Saturday that it supports self-determination of the Yemeni people and opposes any actions that would put Yemen’s security and independence at risk.
Hamas said it supports “political legitimacy” in Yemen and backs its “unity, security and independence.”
The statement assumes significance as it comes shortly after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas joined the array of leaders from the Muslim world who strongly supported the joint military operation by coalition forces.
Reacting to increasing support for the military operation, including the support of Hamas, Dr. Sadaka Yehia Fadil, a senior member of the Shoura Council told Arab News, “The Decisive Storm operation is being supported by the Muslim world and the international community, including many significant world leaders, because it is an appropriate move to provide justice for the people of Yemen by restoring the legitimate government.”
“It is very much in the interest of the people of Yemen and protects their right to self-determination,” he said. He also emphasized “it is significant that Hamas is getting away from Iranian influence.”
The Shoura Council member further pointed out that Houthis militants are hand-in-glove with the Iranian government which is definitely using it for their purpose.
The Houthi illegal move to occupy power has widely been criticized worldwide, he said.


King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018
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King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.