3 soldiers martyred in Najran clashes

Updated 12 April 2015
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3 soldiers martyred in Najran clashes

More than 500 Houthi militants have been killed in armed confrontations along the Najran and Jazan sectors of the Kingdom’s southern border since the Saudi-led alliance launched the Decisive Storm military operation against them on March 26, a responsible source at the Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
The source also pointed out that three soldiers from the Saudi Royal Land Force died and two others were injured after the Houthis fired a mortar shell on a border military position in Najran on Friday evening.
“Our forces quickly responded to the source of the fire, causing heavy casualties to the Houthi militias and increasing their death toll to over 500,” the source said, adding that the injured Saudi soldiers are in stable condition.
Yemen, strategically located near key shipping routes, was plunged into chaos last year when the Houthis seized Sanaa, forcing President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi to flee to Aden and then Riyadh.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

Updated 23 March 2019
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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”