Saudi soldier held prisoner by Houthi militia returns home

Prisoner freed Saudi prisoner Moussa Awaji at Sanaa airport on Tuesday after he was released by Iran-backed Houthi militias. In Mokha, a UAE TV cameraman and five civilians were killed in a bomb blast. (REUTERS)
Updated 30 January 2019

Saudi soldier held prisoner by Houthi militia returns home

  • Musa Awaji landed in the Kingdom on Tuesday

JEDDAH: Saudi soldier Musa Awaji has arrived back in the Kingdom after he was released by his Houthi captors in Yemen. Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman for the Coalition to Support legitimacy in Yemen, said Awaji flew in to King Salman Air Base in Riyadh at 9:45 p.m. on January 29.
The Houthis agreed to release him because of the poor state of his health and their inability to provide suitable care for him. It followed a joint negotiation effort by the leadership of the coalition forces and Martin Griffith, the special envoy of the secretary-general of the United Nations to Yemen. In return, the coalition has agreed to release seven Houthi detainees.
Al-Maliki praised Griffith and the International Committee of the Red Cross for their efforts in responding to the calls of the coalition leadership for Awaji to be released due to the concerns about his health.
Negotiations about prisoners have previously been ignored the Houthis without regard to humanitarian issues, Al-Maliki said. The militias continue to hold thousands of Yemeni people captive, including political, social and military leaders. Among them is former Yemeni Defense Minister Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Al-Subaihi, whose immediate and unconditional release has been called for by a UN Security Council resolution.


Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

  • Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

DUBAI: Four more repatriation flights arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to bring back stranded citizens from coronavirus hotspots, state news agency SPA reported.
Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh while another two landed in King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, bringing Saudi nationals from New York and Beirut.
All precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus spread were taken to ensure the safety of passengers, who would also be in isolation for 14 days.