Five injured by debris as Houthi drones intercepted over Saudi Arabia

Coalition forces destroyed two Houthi drones above Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 03 April 2019

Five injured by debris as Houthi drones intercepted over Saudi Arabia

  • The drones were directed at densely populated civilian areas

RIYADH: Five people were injured, including a woman and a child, when two Houthi drones targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia were intercepted and destroyed, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

“At 21:35 local time on Tuesday, the Royal Saudi Air Defense systems detected two unidentified objects headed toward civilian objects in Khamis Mushayt,” said Col. Turki Al-Maliki, official spokesman for the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen. “They were directed at densely populated civilian areas, and were intercepted and destroyed according to the rules of engagement.”

Mohammed Al-Assami, a spokesman for the Directorate of Civil Defense in Asir region, said five civilians were injured by shrapnel in two residential areas. Four vehicles and a number of houses were damaged.

The coalition spokesman said that the continued attempts to target civilians in the Kingdom by Iran-backed Houthi terrorists in Hodeidah Governorate — at a time when coalition forces are adhering to the cease-fire there, in accordance with the Stockholm Agreement — is an attempt to provoke the coalition into taking military action.

Al-Maliki reaffirmed the coalition’s commitment to supporting the political efforts spearheaded by Martin Griffiths, the UN’s special envoy of the secretary-general for Yemen, and Michael Anker Lollesgaard, chairman of the Redeployment Coordination Committee, to successfully implement the Stockholm Agreement.

The Joint Forces Command warned the Iran-backed Houthi militias to stop targeting civilian areas, saying that their use of such terrorist tactics will not be tolerated and all possible steps will be taken to deter and prevent them, in accordance with the customary international humanitarian law.

Earlier, Al-Maliki said the coalition is making efforts to neutralize ballistic missiles and dismantle their capabilities, as the coalition’s joint command would not allow the militia to possess weapons that threatened civilian lives and peace. He also urged Yemenis to try their best to prevent children from being captured by Houthis, who were using them as human shields and child soldiers.

Last month the coalition said it attacked drone storage sites as part of an operation launched in January to destroy the Houthis’ drone capabilities.

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.