Saudi Arabia air defense units intercept, destroy ballistic missile launched on Jizan

Updated 04 April 2018

Saudi Arabia air defense units intercept, destroy ballistic missile launched on Jizan

RIYADH: Houthi militia launched a missile toward Jizan province on Wednesday at 9.31pm local time, according to an Arab coalition statement.
Saudi Arabian air defense units shot down the missile in the skies above the province, the Kingdom's official TV channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
The news was confirmed by Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, who also reported there were no casualties or damage in the incident.
Al-Maliki added that this "hostile and indiscriminate" action by the Houthis proves the continued involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthis is in clear and explicit defiance of the violation of UN resolution 2216 and resolution 223, in a bid to threaten the security of Saudi Arabia and the threat of regional and international security.


Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

Updated 13 min 45 sec ago

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

  • Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar welcomes Russian leader

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and is scheduled to have a meeting with Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar personally welcomed the Russian leader.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

Watch the live coverage of Putin’s arrival:

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