Brigadier general dies in Yemen conflict

Updated 28 September 2015

Brigadier general dies in Yemen conflict

JEDDAH: A brigadier general has died in hospital of wounds sustained on the border with Yemen, the armed forces said.
Ibrahim Omar Ibrahim Hamzi, deputy commander of the 8th brigade in the Jazan province, was injured “defending the nation and its citizens,” a statement said.
His death follows the killing of two border officers along the frontier on Saturday, as clashes with Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen escalated.
A large number of citizens performed funeral prayers of Hamzi after Asr prayer on Saturday at Al-Qarawi Mosque in Abu Arish Province, Jazan.
On the same day, the two martyrs of a mine explosion in Al-Harth Sector, Jazan, were laid to rest.
In a related development, one of the Saudi border guards, detained by the Houthi militia, escaped from his captors and safely returned home.
The guard, Talal Hazazi, had lost his way in Yemeni territory when he was captured and held for 15 days. Hazazi reached a citizen’s house in the border area. From there, he contacted his command unit, which arrived and transferred him to a hospital.
Meanwhile, an official said the coalition played no role in an attack that reportedly killed 25 civilians in a Yemeni village on Sunday.
The Saudi official told Reuters: “This is totally false news. We deny it.”


First plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrives in Lebanon

Updated 33 min 42 sec ago

First plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrives in Lebanon

RIYADH: The first plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrived in Lebanon on Friday for victims of Beirut’s port explosion, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) said.

Two planes departed from King Khalid International Airport on Friday carrying more than 120 tons of medical supplies, tents, shelter kits and food for those affected by the blast. A specialized team from the center to follow up and supervise the distribution operations were also on board the planes.

The aid aims to help victims overcome the effects of the explosion, said Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief.

Al-Rabeeah stated that the directive of King Salman embodies the established humanitarian values of the Saudi leadership, stressing that this assistance highlights the pivotal role of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.