Umm Al-Qura to help with Haram crowd management

Updated 20 February 2013
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Umm Al-Qura to help with Haram crowd management

The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs yesterday signed an agreement with Umm Al-Qura University for conducting research on crowd management and translating the presidency’s Arabic documents into other languages.
The signing ceremony took place at the university’s headquarters in Abidiya. Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the presidency, and Umm Al-Qura President Dr. Bakri Assas, signed the deal.
Addressing the ceremony, Al-Sudais commended the Saudi government’s efforts in the service of pilgrims and development of the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madinah in order to expand facilities for worshippers.
“The presidency receives all-out support from the government to carry out its mission in the best manner,” Al-Sudais said while highlighting endeavors to develop the organization.
He said the agreement with Umm Al-Qura was in line with the presidency’s partnership with various civilian and government institutions in order to improve its services.
Under the agreement, Umm Al-Qura will conduct research on crowd management at the two holy mosques and will translate all the documents of the presidency, including Friday sermons and other religious statements, into other languages.
Umm Al-Qura’s teachers will give lectures at the two holy mosques on various Islamic topics. The university will be able to make use of the expertise of the scholar under the presidency.
Students of Makkah Haram institute and college will be able to pursue their higher studies at the university.
The Haram Library will also receive Umm Al-Qura’s support. Assas underscored the importance of the five-year agreement, saying it would facilitate the exchange of knowledge and expertise for the benefit of two sides. He said the university would conduct research and provide consultancy services for the benefit of the two holy mosques and their visitors.


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

Updated 20 June 2018
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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.