HRC helps Lankan maid to return home after accident

Updated 11 April 2015
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HRC helps Lankan maid to return home after accident

A Sri Lankan maid who was in hospital for three years following an accident has flown back home with a smile, thanks to the Human Rights Commission.
The maid, Cinty Maria, had been admitted to the civil hospital in Khamis Mushayt soon after the road accident, due to which she suffered from paraplegia.
The HRC in Asir region intervened in the matter and launched efforts to grant her compensation and other assistance before being repatriated.
Dr. Hadi Al-Yami, supervisor of HRC in Asir, said maid was working for a Saudi family.
“The women’s section of the commission offered all help to end the sufferings of the maid. The finance and legal procedures were also completed by the the HRC’s legal researcher,” he said, adding that the hospital and government agencies were supportive throughout.
The HRC staff bid farewell to Maria at the Abha airport, where they presented her bouquets and wished her a safe journey.


Saudi Arabia downs Houthi missile fired across border

Updated 23 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia downs Houthi missile fired across border

  • The missile was launched from Saada, the Houthi stronghold in northern Yemen
  • Saudi forces said they intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile targeting the Kingdom’s southern coastal city of Jizan on Friday

RIYADH: Saudi air defenses on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia at the Kingdom’s southern border city of Najran, which set a farm ablaze, state media said.
“Saudi forces were able to intercept (the missile),” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis.
“But the shrapnel scattered over residential areas and caused a fire at a farm belonging to a citizen, without causing any injuries.”
The missile was launched from Saada, the Houthi stronghold in northern Yemen, the coalition was cited as saying.
The coalition said another missile crashed in a Saudi desert on Sunday, without specifying a location, adding it caused no damage.
Sunday’s strikes are the latest in a series of rebel bombardments on Saudi territory.
Saudi forces said they intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile targeting the Kingdom’s southern coastal city of Jizan on Friday, the second such strike in the area in over a week.
Earlier this month, Saudi forces said they intercepted rebel ballistic missiles fired at Riyadh and the south of the Kingdom, where two drones were also shot down.
Saudi Arabia has since March 2015 led a coalition of Arab states fighting to roll back the Houthis in Yemen and restore its neighbor’s internationally recognized government to power.
Nearly 10,000 people have since been killed in the conflict, in what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
In March, an Egyptian laborer became the first known fatality in a rebel missile attack on the Saudi capital.
Saudi Arabia accuses its arch-rival Iran of smuggling missiles to the Houthis — a charge Tehran denies.