Saudi Arabia intercepts two missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthis on Jazan

Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Iran-backed Houthi militia towards Jazan. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 10 August 2018

Saudi Arabia intercepts two missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthis on Jazan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia intercepted two missiles on Friday fired by Yemen’s Houthi group at its southern Jazan province, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi-led Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that at exactly 4:55 p.m. local time coalition air defense forces detected the launch of two ballistic missiles by the Iran-backed Houthi militia from Saada province toward the Kingdom.
Col. Al-Maliki said the two missiles were targeted in the direction of Jazan city and were launched deliberately to target civilian and populated areas. 
The Saudi Royal Air Defense Force was able to intercept and destroy the two missiles and prevent any casualties.
The spokesperson added that this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the terrorists in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and resolution 2231.
He noted the Houthi attacks are aimed at threatening the Kingdom’s security, as well as regional and international security and the firing of ballistic missiles at populated towns and villages is contrary to international humanitarian law.
The Houthis’ Masirah TV earlier announced firing “a number” of ballistic missiles at Jazan, and one missile at a Saudi military base in Aseer province.
Both Jazan and Aseer provinces lie on the border with Yemen.

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 20 October 2019

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

  • Development will protect endangered hawksbill turtle, while coral research could help save the Great Barrier Reef

RIYADH: Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News.

The development will not only protect the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, but could also save coral reefs that are dying elsewhere in the world, said Red Sea Development Company Chief Executive John Pagano.

The project is taking shape in a 28,000 square kilometer region of lagoons, archipelagos, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj on the Kingdom’s west coast.

One island, Al-Waqqadi, looked like the perfect tourism destination, but was discovered to be a breeding ground for the hawksbill. “In the end, we said we’re not going to develop it. It shows you can balance development and conservation,” Pagano said.

Scientists are also working to explain why the area’s coral reef system — fourth-largest in the world —  is thriving when others around the world are endangered.

“To the extent we solve that mystery, the ambition would be to export that to the rest of the world,” Pagano said. “Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef or the Caribbean coral that has been severely damaged?”


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