Arab coalition bombs air base being used by Houthi militias

Colonel Turki Al-Malki said a base in the Yemeni capital was hit. (AN photo)
Updated 03 November 2018

Arab coalition bombs air base being used by Houthi militias

  • Al-Malki added that Sanaa International Airport remains open to UN and relief-aid air traffic

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen said Friday it bombed an air base adjacent to the Sanaa international airport “which was being used by the rebels to launch drone and ballistic missile attacks.”

Turki Al-Malki, a spokesman for the coalition, said that no flights or international aid efforts at the airport were affected by the airstrikes targeting Al-Dulaimi Air Base in Sanaa. 

He added that Saudi air defense forces on Friday shot down a missile launched by Yemeni insurgents at the southern Saudi border city of Najran. The rocket was fired from Saada in northern Yemen, he said.

Fierce clashes flared between the Houthis and pro-government forces near Hodeidah.

A day after the government offered to restart peace talks with the insurgents, a pro-government military source told AFP that loyalist forces closing in on the Houthi-held Red Sea port city had reached its university.

The advance sparked intense fighting with rebels, with medical workers at two hospitals in the city reporting at least 34 Houthi fighters killed and dozens wounded during the past 24 hours.

Pro-government military officials and a medic in Hodeidah said six loyalist fighters had died in the violence. The fighting began on Thursday evening, backed by coalition airstrikes, they said.

A pro-government force backed by the UAE said it had launched “a large-scale military operation to liberate and cleanse Hodeidah” of the Houthi rebels.

Visitors gives thumbs up to ‘mesmerizing’ heritage event at Riyadh Season

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Visitors gives thumbs up to ‘mesmerizing’ heritage event at Riyadh Season

JEDDAH: Visitors to Riyadh Season have given a massive thumbs-up to a special event that highlights Saudi culture and heritage.

Nabd Al-Riyadh, or “Riyadh’s pulse,” showcases a different region of the Kingdom every day through folk dances, digital displays, laser shows, musical performances and an exhibition of traditional handicrafts.

“It was a great experience, especially as it took place at Al-Masmak Palace which was a significant starting point of the Kingdom’s unification. I appreciated the merging of history, culture and heritage with such a lively atmosphere,” visitor Mohammed Al-Saif told Arab News.

Maha Al-Ammar said Riyadh Season had added color to the city. “Riyadh has really changed. Look at where we were before and where we are now. Everything is so beautiful,” she said. “Nabd Al-Riyadh is such a well organized cultural event.”

Another visitor, Anfal Al-Jaferi, said: “We didn’t get to witness such events in the past, but now they are everywhere, in many zones.

“I didn’t feel the need to shop because the scenery was so enjoyable, and the themes of the events were mesmerizing. The effort that has gone into Riyadh Season is clear to see.”

Riyadh Season continues until Dec. 15 with a raft of artistic, sporting and cultural events, including theater, music performances and fashion shows.