Saudi air force intercepts Houthi-launched missile towards Jazan

The Saudi Air Force intercepted a missile launched by the Iran-aligned rebels against the Saudi city Jazan at dawn on Wednesday. (Screengrab)
Updated 13 June 2018

Saudi air force intercepts Houthi-launched missile towards Jazan

  • The missile was heading towards Jazan and was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas
  • Launching ballistic missiles towards densely populated cities and villages breaches the International humanitarian law

DUBAI: The Saudi Air Defense Force intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militias from Saada province, Yemen, towards Saudi territories, UAE state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.
The official spokesman for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, stated that at 3:46am the Saudi Air Force intercepted a missile launched by the Iran-aligned rebels against the Saudi city Jazan.
Al-Maliki explained that the missile was heading towards Jazan and was deliberately launched to target civilian and populated areas.
“Such hostile acts by the Iran-backed Houthi militias prove the continuing involvement of the Iranian regime in supporting the Houthi militias with qualitative capabilities in a flagrant and explicit violation of the two UN resolutions No. 2216 and 2231 with the objective of threatening the security of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as the regional and international stability.”
Launching ballistic missiles towards densely populated cities and villages breaches the International humanitarian law, he added.


Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

Updated 18 September 2020

Desalination tunnel project completed in Saudi Arabia’s Taif

  • The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete

LONDON: Work on the longest desalinated water pipeline tunnel system in the world has been completed, project coordinators in Saudi Arabia announced on Friday.

The tunnel, which measures 12.5 kilometers long at a width of 8.4 meters, will pump desalinated water to reservoirs in Taif to meet the demand for water in the governorate and in its villages in the southern Al-Baha region.

The project, carried out by the Kingdom’s Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), took 19 months to complete — starting with excavation work at Al-Hada mountains — and has shortened the distance of water reaching Taif by more than 40km.

Makkah region officials tweeted about the completion of the project, which was completed ahead of schedule.

SWCC said it was ready to receive water in its storage units in Taif and estimate that desalinated water will begin reaching Al-Baha region in the third quarter of 2021.