Court: Look for Ramadan crescent on Tuesday

Updated 16 June 2015

Court: Look for Ramadan crescent on Tuesday

RIYADH: The Supreme Court on Sunday called on Muslims across the Kingdom to look for the Ramadan crescent on Tuesday, as it will decide the first day of the fasting month.
Anyone who sights the crescent with the naked eye should register the testimony with the nearest court or report it to a competent authority, the court said.
The fasting month is most likely to begin Wednesday. However, if the crescent is not sighted on Tuesday, fasting will begin Thursday.
During the holy month, Muslims all over the world abstain from eating, drinking and having marital relations from dawn to dusk, besides praying to the Almighty Allah.

Drones hit Aramco plant, Houthis claim responsibiltiy

Updated 57 min 8 sec ago

Drones hit Aramco plant, Houthis claim responsibiltiy

  • Houthis claim responsibility for the attack on the plant
  • The drones hit the plant, causing a small fire that was quickly extinguished

DUBAI: The Saudi energy minister Khalid Al-Falih has confirmed that a drone strike hit the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction facility causing a small fire on Saturday.

In a statement condemning the attack, Falih said there had been “no injuries” and that the fire had been put out after the several drones were fired at the plant.

“This cowardly attack once again highlights the importance of the international community's response to all terrorist agents who carry out such acts of sabotage, including the Iran backed Houthi militias,” Falih said in the statement.

The Houthis later claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Saudi Aramco’s response team controlled a limited fire this morning at the Shaybah NGL facility,” a statement released on the oil giant’s website read.

“There were no injuries and no interruptions to Saudi Aramco’s oil operations. We will provide further details as they become available.”

The Houthis have carried out a number of attacks on Saudi Arabia in recent weeks and months, targeting residential areas and airports.