Nursery opens at Personal Status Court in Riyadh

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The nursery is one of the steps taken by the ministry to protect children’s rights. (SPA)
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The nursery is one of the steps taken by the ministry to protect children’s rights. (SPA)
Updated 25 February 2019

Nursery opens at Personal Status Court in Riyadh

  • The nursery is one of the steps taken by the ministry to protect children’s rights

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice has opened a nursery at the Personal Status Court in Riyadh to provide a secure environment for children visiting the court with their families.
The pilot phase of the nursery was launched on Sunday. Children up to 9 years of age will be offered care by specialized staff with extensive experience in the field.
The nursery is one of the steps taken by the ministry to protect children’s rights. Others include the provision of centers for access and visits during children’s court visits with their families.
Justice Minister Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani directed that the statutory provisions of the Protection from Abuse Act and the child protection system are observed during judicial review.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 49 min 40 sec ago

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

  • The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
  • ‘Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors’

BAGHDAD: Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to drone attacks on Saudi oil plants, after media speculation that the strikes were launched from Iraq despite being claimed by Yemeni rebels.
The attacks early Saturday targeted two key oil installations, causing massive fires and taking out half of the kingdom’s vast oil output.
The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is bogged down in a five-year war.
But the Wall Street Journal has reported that officials were investigating the possibility the attacks involved missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.
Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday denied reports Iraqi territory “was used for drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.”
“Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors,” he said in a statement.
“The Iraqi government will be extremely firm with whomever tries to violate the constitution.”
Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, placing it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely accused Tehran of being behind Saturday’s operation, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.
Iraq has called for its territory to be spared any spillover in the standoff between the US and Iran, which has included a series of attacks on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.
Recent raids on bases belonging to Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups linked with Iran, attributed to Israel, sparked fears of an escalation.
There have been no military consequences so far, but the strikes have heightened divisions between pro-Tehran and pro-Washington factions in Iraq’s political class.
Baghdad has recently moved to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally — much to Iran’s chagrin.
Riyadh recently announced a major border post on the Iraqi frontier would reopen mid-October, after being closed for almost three decades.