Coalition fighter jets destroy Houthi missile site in Yemen

Arab Coalition fighter jets destroyed a ballistic missile launcher belonging to the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Saada governorate. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 09 September 2018

Coalition fighter jets destroy Houthi missile site in Yemen

JEDDAH: Fighter jets from the Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen on Saturday destroyed a ballistic missile launcher belonging to the Iranian-backed Houthi militia in Al-Amshiah area of the As-Safra district, in Saada governorate.
Coalition Spokesperson, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the launcher’s location was detected and the coordinates of the site were passed to the fighter jets, which targeted and destroyed the vehicle at dawn on Saturday.
Coalition aircraft also destroyed a radar site used by the terrorist group. The radar was tracking the coalition aircraft in the Mount Anem area.
Al-Maliki said the radar site was targeted and destroyed on Friday night, killing a number of Houthi experts.

Meanwhile, the Yemeni army’s naval formation forces foiled a bombing operation in which the Houthi militia was planning to attack international shipping in the Red Sea with a booby-trapped boat.
A military source in Yemen’s fifth military region in Yemen said that the naval formation in the region, with the support of the Arab Coalition to Support the Legitimacy in Yemen, managed to seize a booby-trapped boat by sent by the terrorist group toward international waters in the Red Sea.
The source added that the booby-trapped boat was carrying explosive devices and traveling at a high speed of 35 miles per hour to intercept one of the merchant ships present in the sea.
The source pointed out that the naval military teams of the Yemeni army were able to intercept the boat until they were able to stop it in one of the unpopulated islands.


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”