Arab coalition operation against missile and drone sites ‘thwarted Houthi militia attack’

A Screengrab from the coalition press conference shows the area that the military operation targeted.
Updated 02 November 2018

Arab coalition operation against missile and drone sites ‘thwarted Houthi militia attack’

  • Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from within Yemen territory toward Najran on Friday.
  • The missile was launched from Saada, Yemen, toward the Saudi Arabian city of Najran.

JEDDAH: An Arab coalition military operation against missile and drone sites on Thursday thwarted a Houthi militia attack.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Malki provided more details about the mission during a special briefing on Friday.

The operation targeted ballistic-missile launch and storage sites, UAV ground stations, bomb-making and assembly workshops and their support locations at Al-Dailami air base in Sanaa. The base is linked to the city’s main civilian airport.

Col. Turki Al-Malki said Sanaa International Airport is being used for UAV training, and Thursday’s operation targeted a site which was being used to store ballistic missiles, at the coalition press conference.
He added that coalition forces are monitoring all suspicious operations.
Al-Malki said the Houthi militia continuously rejects the efforts of the international community, especially the members of the Security Council, to reach a political solution. He called on them to comply with the will of the international community and the Yemeni people.
Earlier on Friday, Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from within Yemen territory toward Najran.
The missile was intercepted at 06.17am and was launched from Saada, Yemen, toward the Saudi Arabian city of Najran.
Col. Al-Maliki added that the missile aimed to target civilian and populated areas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”