Saudi Arabia: Aerial defense system intercepts four ballistic missiles targeting Jazan

File photo showing patriot missile battery being prepared to intercept ballistic missiles fired toward civilian areas of Jazan. (US Army photo)
Updated 28 April 2018

Saudi Arabia: Aerial defense system intercepts four ballistic missiles targeting Jazan

  • Arab coalition forces’ official spokesman said that the rockets were directed towards Jazan City and were deliberately launched by the militia to target civilian areas
  • Jazan civil defense spokesman Colonel Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani said that the Saudi national was killed by “falling fragments of military projectiles”

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Aerial Defense Forces destroyed four ballistic missiles fired the Houthi militia targeting civilian areas of Jazan, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

The four missiles were fired at the same time, around 10:40 am local time.

Arab coalition forces’ official spokesman Colonel Turki al-Maliki said that the rockets were directed towards Jazan City and were deliberately launched by the militia to target civilian and populated areas. The Saudi air defense forces were able to intercept them all.

Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported one civilian fatality due to collateral damage from fragments that fell from the intercepted missiles.

Jazan civil defense spokesman Colonel Yahya Abdullah Al-Qahtani said that the Saudi national was killed by “falling fragments of military projectiles.”

A picture accompanying the Al Arabiya TV report appeared to show the outside of a civilian home pockmarked by shrapnel.

This comes after the Arab coalition launched raids on Houthi areas on Friday night and Saturday morning, killing two senior commanders and over 38 militants.

 


Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.