Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia toward Jazan

Saudi Arabia air defense forces have intercepted and shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia toward the city of Jazan. (AP)
Updated 20 September 2018

Saudi Arabia shoots down ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia toward Jazan

  • Air defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the missile
  • The attack is the latest in a series of missile launches targeting densely populated residential areas of Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia air defense forces have intercepted and shot down a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia toward the city of Jazan.

According to a statement from Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki, the air defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the missile, which was launched to target civilian areas in the city.

Al-Maliki added that these hostile actions by the Houthi militia proved the Iranian regime's involvement with, and support for, the militia. It also continued to threaten the security of the Kingdom and regional and international security.

The attack is the latest in a series of missile launches targeting densely populated residential areas of Saudi Arabia, including Najran, close to the border with Yemen.


Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 20 min 46 sec ago

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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