Fire on board Saudi ship ‘Asir’ explained

Updated 12 May 2013
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Fire on board Saudi ship ‘Asir’ explained

Yanbu: Spokesman of the command of the border guards in Madinah region, Col. Suleiman Al-Mutairi said that at 2:40 a.m. this morning, the command and control room received a communication from the coordination center of search and rescue operations of the axis of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aqaba that they received a distress signal through the system of distress device from the Saudi ship ‘Asir’ from a point 130 nautical miles away to the north-west of the city of Yanbu (70 nautical mile away from Amluj to the west) indicating the occurrence of a fire on the ship as well as the presence of three wounded and another person suffering fractures.
According to Al-Mutairi a supplementary communication came from the center of coordination indicating that the fire was extinguished and pointing out that coordination with the air base of Civil Defense in Makkah took place and it sent an evacuation aircraft to move the injured accompanied by an officer of the command of border guards of Madinah region. The necessary measures were taken and the hospital of Yanbu was informed to be ready to receive the injured and prepare the plane landing site. Coordination with King Fahd industrial Port in Yanbu took place to send two tugboats to provide assistance and tow the ship.
--SPA


Yemen’s President Hadi appoints new ministers in government reshuffle

Updated 36 min 42 sec ago

Yemen’s President Hadi appoints new ministers in government reshuffle

  • Hadi appointed Ahmed Obaid Al-Fadhli as governor of the Central Bank of Yemen
  • appointed former ambassador Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hadrami as Minister of Foreign Affairs

DUBAI: President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi issued a decree on Thursday evening appointing new foreign and finance ministers in a cabinet reshuffle to lead the key state institutions.

In a statement, the president's office, based in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh, said that Hadi appointed Ahmed Obaid Al-Fadhli as governor of the Central Bank of Yemen, succeeding Hafedh Meyyad and Salem bin Breik as Minister of Finance, succeeding Minister Al-Fadhli.

The Yemeni president also appointed former ambassador Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed Al-Hadrami as Minister of Foreign Affairs, replacing Khalid Al-Yamani, who resigned last June.

Al-Fadhli becomes the fourth governor of the central bank since its relocation in Aden from the Houthi controlled capital, Sanaa.

The reshuffle comes amid escalating tension between the Hadi’s government and the pro-secession Southern Transitional Council (STC) that seized Aden and other neighboring provinces.