Houthi boat attack foiled near Saudi Arabia’s Jazan port

Spokesman for the Arab Coalition fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki Al-Malaki said the Saudi Royal Navy foiled a booby-trapped boat attack targeting the port of Jazan by Iran-backed Houthi militants. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2018

Houthi boat attack foiled near Saudi Arabia’s Jazan port

RIYADH: Spokesman for the Arab Coalition fighting to restore legitimacy in Yemen, Col. Turki Al-Malaki said the Saudi Royal Navy foiled a booby-trapped boat attack targeting the port of Jazan by Iran-backed Houthi militants.
Al-Malaki said that at 4:50am and 5:05am on Sunday morning the Saudi Royal Navy spotted the movement of two explosive-rigged boats that were being remotely controlled traveling toward the port of Jazan.
Al-Maliki said the boats were intercepted and destroyed as per the rules of engagement causing minor material damage.
The spokesman stressed that the Coalition leadership will hit anyone involved in terrorist acts that threaten the safety of citizens, residents, or the Kingdom’s economic and vital capabilities with “an iron fist.”
He added that such hostilities and those involved in the planning and execution of said violence cannot go unpunished.


Saudi housing program allocates monthly record 21,000 building plots

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Saudi housing program allocates monthly record 21,000 building plots

  • Riyadh received the largest issue of free lands

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Housing allocated a monthly record of 20,907 plots for residential property building during October, according to official figures.

Riyadh received the largest issue of free lands under the ministry’s Sakani program at 4,443, with Makkah second on 2,797 and Eastern Province getting 2,205.

A statement from program officials said October had seen the biggest batch of land distribution across the Kingdom in preparation for the construction of housing units by beneficiaries, a situation made possible due to the electronic streamlining of the application process.

Other parts of the Kingdom to receive land allocations were Qassim (2,140), Madinah (2,058), Asir (1,665), Najran (1,301), Jazan (1,258), Hail (1,192), Northern Borders (809), Al-Baha (542), Jouf (420), and Tabuk (77).

“This comes as a continuation of the housing support Sakani provides throughout the Kingdom,” the statement said. “The handing of free lands will continue at the ministry’s branches, with areas ranging between 450 and 527 square meters each.”

It added that beneficiaries could complete procedures and choose appropriate housing plans online by visiting https://sakani.housing.sa/plans-map.

“Free lands are one of the options provided by the program. Beneficiaries may also apply for villas among the ministry’s projects, buy an under-construction residential unit in partnership with the private sector, buy a finished housing unit off the market, or acquire a 100 percent subsidized profit mortgage for landowners.”

Phase three of the 2019 Sakani program includes 200,000 housing and financing options, among them 50,000 free lands, 50,000 housing units in cooperation with the private sector, and 100,000 subsidized mortgages for the beneficiaries of the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) in partnership with banks and financial institutions.