Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles ‘heading for Makkah and Jeddah’

Batteries of the US-made Patriot anti-missile system in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File photo)
Updated 21 May 2019

Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles ‘heading for Makkah and Jeddah’

  • Arab Coalition says air targets flying over restricted areas were dealt with accordingly
  • Al-Arabiya said the missiles were heading toward Jeddah and Makkah, according to eyewitnesses

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down two ballistic missiles that Al-Arabiya reported were heading towards Jeddah and Makkah.

The forces "monitored air targets flying over restricted areas in Jeddah and Taif province, and were dealt with accordingly,"  Arab coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki said.

Al-Arabiya said the missiles were heading toward Jeddah and Makkah, according to eyewitnesses. The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Bahrain strongly condemned the firing of the missiles, blaming Houthi militants in Yemen.

The Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched missiles towards Makkah.


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

(Developing)