Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi missile stockpile

The spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, addresses a press conference at the King Salman Air Force Base in Riyadh on Wednesday. (AN photo)
Updated 29 December 2017

Saudi-led coalition destroys Houthi missile stockpile

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition supporting the internationally recognized Yemeni government on Wednesday said it destroyed a Houthi rocket-manufacturing workshop in Saada, as well as weapons stockpiles including surface-to-surface and ballistic missiles.
Weapons obtained by Houthi militias from Iran were also seized, said coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki at a press conference in Riyadh on Wednesday. “We have knowledge of the movements of those wanted in Yemen.”
The coalition leadership welcomed the UN Security Council’s condemnation of Houthi launches of ballistic missiles against Saudi Arabia.
“There’s a responsibility on countries that turn a blind eye to the smuggling of weapons to the Houthis,” the coalition said.
It has developed a new mechanism for inspection and verification of arms smuggling, Al-Maliki said.
“Five vessels went to the port of Hodeidah carrying fuel this week. Coalition forces gave 10 permits to transfer aid to Yemen through land crossings,” he added.
“Air-borne foodstuffs were sent to besieged areas of Yemen,” he said, stressing that the coalition continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Yemen.

The coalition said it welcomed cooperation with human rights organizations inside and outside the country.
“Some human rights organizations inside Yemen are infiltrated by the Houthis. We understand the pressure on organizations in areas controlled by the militias,” said Al-Maliki.
“Shabwa is under the control of the legitimate government. The province is being cleared of mines planted by the militias,” he added. “The Yemeni National Army is advancing strongly in the province of Al-Baydah.”
The Houthis have lost many field commanders and their morale is low, he said, adding: “We call on those who have information about Houthi terrorists to contact us.”
Coalition forces targeted 412 Houthi military positions, including those near the Saudi border, as well as a supply vehicle for militias and field commanders at the border, Al-Maliki said.
The coalition targeted assembly points for militia fighters before
they are sent to the frontlines, he said, adding that the coalition refrained from targeting military sites that contain civilians.

Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

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Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

  • Minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.

Citing four Saudi and international studies on Tuesday, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the case figure is likely to see a constant increase rather than a decrease, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000," Al-Rabiah said.

The minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures to limit the number of infections.

“There is no doubt that our commitment to the instructions and procedures, in its entirety reduces the number of cases to the minimum, while non-compliance will lead to a huge increase in the number of cases,” he said.

“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,”

Many people were not taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously enough, according to the health minister, adding that the Kingdom had death with the crisis with full “transparency and clarity.”

The Saudi health ministry also announced on Tuesday that there were a total of 2,795 confirmed cases and the death toll from the virus in the Kingdom had reached 41.

A 24-hour curfew and lockdown has been imposed in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf and in the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Last week, King Salman issued a decree which ordered treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom.