Arab, Muslim leaders strongly condemn terror attack in Qatif

A security officer checks the documents of a motorist at a checkpoint in Qatif.
Updated 08 July 2017

Arab, Muslim leaders strongly condemn terror attack in Qatif

JEDDAH: Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, the UAE and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the terror attack on security personnel in Qatif, which left one dead and others injured.
King Salman received a cable of condolences from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber, emir of Kuwait, in which he expressed his country strong condemnation of the terrorist attack that targeted a security patrol with an explosive projectile in Al-Musawara district in Qatif municipality, resulting in the martyrdom of a security man and the injury of his colleagues.
In his cable, the emir reiterated his country’s stand with the Kingdom and its support for all measures being taken to confront terrorism and preserve its security.
He also renewed Kuwait’s rejection of terrorism in all its forms.
King Salman received cables of condolences from Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.
They expressed their sincere sympathies with the leadership and people of Saudi Arabia.
Oman also condemned the terrorist attack. A statement by the Foreign Ministry affirmed the sultanate’s solidarity with the Kingdom against the scourge of violence and terrorism.
The Bahraini Foreign Ministry strongly condemned the attack. It stressed Bahrain’s stance with Saudi Arabia in all actions and measures taken to maintain its security, stressing the need for concerted international efforts at all levels to eradicate this serious scourge that threatens all countries.
It expressed sincere condolences to the government, people and families of the martyr, wishing a speedy recovery to all who were injured.
The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation strongly condemned this terror attack stressing the UAE’s firm rejection of terrorism in all its forms, and calling for international solidarity in confronting this phenomenon that threatens international security.
Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the OIC, strongly denounced such repeated terrorist acts that target security personnel while on duty preserving public security and order.
He confirmed the support of the organization for the measures the Kingdom is taking to combat terrorism and wits sources.


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.