Saudi forces shoot down Houthi ballistic missile

A Patriot missile is deployed at a Saudi Air Defense Forces base in Khamis Mushayt, in the southern region of Asir. (SPA file photo)
Updated 16 January 2018

Saudi forces shoot down Houthi ballistic missile

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Defense Forces shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen toward Saudi Arabia Friday night, Arab Coalition command said.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the coalition said the missile was intercepted and destroyed above an unpopulated area in a place called Al-Rin at about 8:45 p.m.
“Coalition Air Forces retaliated immediately, hitting the sites of the missile's launching pads,” said the SPA report.
Reuters earlier quoted a Yemeni news agency as saying the Iran-backed Houthis had fired a Burkan-1 missile toward Riyadh, just ahead of US President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
The Arab Coalition statement did not say if it was the same missile that was shot down.
Houthis have repeatedly fired missiles and rockets toward Saudi Arabia since the coalition threw its support to the UN-recognized government of Yemen President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi amid attempts by Houthis and loyalists of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh to seize control of the country.
Many of the rockets and missiles have been intercepted by Saudi Patriot missiles deployed along the Kingdom’s southern borders with Yemen. Some have hit civilian homes, causing deaths and destruction.


Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 18 January 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He was appointed to the consultative body in 2016
  • He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016.

The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media.

He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions.

Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership.

He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs.

He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998.