Saudi Royal Air Defense forces shoot down Houthi drone, 5 civilians injured

An image grab taken from a video obtained by AFPTV shows the moment a drone exploded above Yemen's al-Anad airbase in in the government-held southern province of Lahj on January 10, 2019. (File/AFP)
Updated 09 March 2019

Saudi Royal Air Defense forces shoot down Houthi drone, 5 civilians injured

  • The fall of the fragments of the drone injured five civilians
  • The coalition said the drone showed characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Defense Force shot down a Houthi drone that was flying toward Saudi Arabia, Saudi State TV reported.

The spokesperson of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that the drone was targeting civilians in a residential area in the city of Abha.

After examining the debris of the destroyed drone, the coalition said that it showed characteristics and specifications of Iranian manufacturing.

The Spokesman for the Directorate of Civil Defense in Asir Region, Colonel Mohammed Al-Assami, said the fall of the fragments of the drone injured four Saudi nationals, including a woman, and a resident of Indian nationality.

Six vehicles and a number of houses were damaged in the attack. 

 


Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

Updated 23 October 2019

Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center. 

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs, and Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport.