Now watch Yemen war on Snapchat

Updated 05 December 2015
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Now watch Yemen war on Snapchat

RIYADH: Until now the traditional way of the military communicating with the media has been through press conferences. But the military seems to have recognized the importance of social media in this information age and has opened its doors to it.
Majid Al-Sabah, a regular user of Snapchat, surprised his followers by visiting the command and control center in Riyadh. He clicked photos from all corners of the war operations room to transmit details of the ongoing war in Yemen.
On Snapchat, Al-Sabah transmitted details of operations from the command center of the allies to over a million of his followers spread all across the Arab world. He showed sites of officers of the countries of the coalition and photos of flags of the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.
He was given access to the operations planning department of the allies to transmit details of work being done to his followers through an interview with officers on the spot.
He also informed his followers on Snapchat about the bombing from a Scud missile platform at the time he was visiting the command and control headquarters of the alliance in Riyadh.
Al-Sabah's coverage of the Saudi-led operations in Yemen is being seen as the first such coverage in a military headquarters for reporting to a wide follower base on Snapchat.
Twitterati have lauded the coverage of Al-Sabah on Snapchat and described his coverage as bold and a highly courageous act which also reflected professionalism.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.