Houthi militia ‘continues to use civilians as human shields’

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks at a press conference in Riyadh. (Reuters)
Updated 12 November 2018

Houthi militia ‘continues to use civilians as human shields’

JEDDAH: The Houthi militia are using civilians as human shields in key Yemeni cities as they continue to lose territoy in the conflict.

Last week, Amnesty accused the Iran-backed militants of taking over a hospital in Hodeidah and posting snipers on the roof.

But the Houthis are also deliberatley placing civilians in the firing line in other parts of the port, in Sanaa and Dhamar, Arab Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said in Riyadh.

In an update of recent operations to support pro-government Yemeni forces, Col. Al-Maliki said the coalition targeted a coastal militia radar on the island of Al-Bawadi in the Red Sea.

The coalition called on organizations to do their duty to stop the Houthi militia from smuggling Yemen’s historical monuments and artefacts out of the country.

Col. Al-Maliki the Houthi militia are smuggling and selling drugs for financial support, adding that they use humanitarian aid boxes to hide drugs inside in order to transport them.

The coalition said the Houthi militia have launched 206 ballistic missiles toward Saudi Arabia so far from within Yemeni territory.


Hani Al-Muqbil, Saudi nominee to the ALECSO executive council

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Hani Al-Muqbil, Saudi nominee to the ALECSO executive council

Hani Al-Muqbil was recently nominated as Saudi Arabia’s representative in the executive council of the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), based in Tunisia. 

King Salman approved the nomination based on the recommendation of Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, culture minister and chairman of the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.

Al-Muqbil has more than 17 years’ experience in different governmental entities, including in the cultural and charitable sectors. He recently worked on a project to nominate the Kingdom for membership of UNESCO’s executive board, and was secretary of the nomination committee. 

He worked as executive director of the King Salman Youth Center between 2014 and 2017, then as a member of its board of directors.  

He worked as an adviser to the secretary-general of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Foundation (Misk), where he is a member of several boards, including the board of directors of the Misk Art Institute, the Misk Initiatives Center, Manga Productions and the Misk Media Forum. 

Prior to that, Al-Muqbil served as general manager of communication for the King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba), which provides training and internship opportunities to gifted students across the country.

Al-Muqbil is a graduate of Harvard Business School in the field of leadership, where he completed various executive training programs. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from King Saud University in Riyadh.