OIC’s TV channel to be launched in 2014

Updated 24 February 2013
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OIC’s TV channel to be launched in 2014

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s projected TV channel will be launched during the first quarter of 2014, according to Esam Al-Shanti, the organization’s Information Administration’s director, who first proposed the idea. The channel will be broadcast via satellite and in three languages initially — Arabic, English and French. If required, other languages will be added later if needed.
The channel’s headquarters will be either in Cairo, Dubai or Lebanon. These sites are under consideration because of their experience with media and satellite channels and a workforce and infrastructure necessary to launch a new channel. The channel will have offices all over the world but especially in Africa and Asia, Al-Shatti said, commending the organization’s Secretary General Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu “unlimited support” for the channel.
“In fact, the channel is one of the achievements that was accomplished under his tenure,” he said, adding that financing for the channel would come from the private sector in Islamic countries. He said that the OIC would make no financial contribution, adding that the organization will not allow any politicization of the channel as per the organization’s Charter.
“We are optimistic about the channel’s success,” he said.


Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

Updated 24 May 2018
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Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

  • The missile was fired towards the Saudi Arabian province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday
  • It was launched from the Houthi strong-hold in the Yemeni province of Saada

DUBAI: Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards the border province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday morning, Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

The ballistic missile was launched from the Houthi strong-hold province of Saada.

The missile was spotted at 1:58am on Thursday and was headed towards Jazan city, targeting civilian and populated areas.

The Saudi Royal Air Force (RAFF) was able to intercept the missile and destroy it.

The Iranian-backed Houthis have fired a number of missiles over the border at Saudi cities, including the capital, Riyadh, in breach of international laws banning the targeting of civilian areas.

And on Wednesday UAE coalition forces intercepted two boats in the Red Sea being used by the Houthis to target a tanker.