Coalition: We will not tolerate launching drones and threatening civilians

Arab Coalition Spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks at a press conference in Riyadh. (File photo/SPA)
Updated 28 May 2019

Coalition: We will not tolerate launching drones and threatening civilians

  • “The security of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a red line and those responsible for terrorist acts will be punished and the measures will be harsh on them,” the spokesman said
  • Al-Maliki pointed out that Houthis attempting to target oil pumps in Saudi Arabia is targeting the global economy

RIYADH: Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said on Monday that the Houthi militias continue to threaten the maritime in Bab al-Mandab and also in the southern Red Sea and that the Houthis is committing war crimes by targeting civilians and passengers at Najran airport.

“The security of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a red line and those responsible for terrorist acts will be punished and the measures will be harsh on them,” Al-Maliki said in a press briefing.

Al-Maliki pointed out that Houthis attempting to target oil pumps in Dawadmi and Afif is not a primary target for Saudi Arabia, but is targeting the global economy.

The efforts of the coalition continue in this regard. Al-Maliki mentioned that they have aborted more than 35 terrorist acts by the Houthi militias in Bab al-Mandab and the Red Sea. And that the coalition has air defense techniques to drop these drones.

Al-Maliki talked about the escalation of Houthis in using drones during the recent period.

“There are many attempts to target oil tankers, for example, Al-Buqaiq ship, which contains more than one million and one hundred thousand barrels. The Houthis attempted to target the ship without any sense of responsibility in case of oil flow to the waters of the Red Sea which will lead to regional, environmental, economic and international disasters.” Said Al-Maliki

Al-Maliki stressed that they took all measures to accelerate the military pace to neutralize the threats of the Houthi militia in Yemen. He also confirmed that they have documented information on the supply of rockets, boats and drones by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps IRGC to the Houthi militia in Yemen.

He also mentioned that The international community must shoulder its responsibilities to the Houthis missile threat in targeting residential areas and Saudi cities
Al-Maliki also said that the Huthi militias were linked to terrorist regimes in Africa and the Middle East.

Houthi violations
Al-Maliki said the  total number of violations of the Swedish agreement by the Houthi militias reached more than 4735. The Houthi militias were still planting mines that threaten civilians. He also revealed that Houthi militias continue making violations through disrupting humanitarian and relief organizations in Al-Hodeidah port.

There have been 226 ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi terrorist militias toward the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia between March 26, 2015, and May 27, 2019.

Humanitarian operations
Several relief ports are open for Yemen (air, sea, land), and the total number of maritime permits issued by the Joint Forces Command from March 26, 2015, and May 27, 2019, was 5,889. Air permits for the same period were for 15,670 passengers. There were 1,428 land permits during this period.

Permits and orders to secure the movements of relief organizations inside Yemen during the period from May 13, 2019, to May 26, 2019, are 677 Permit.
Operational objectives
The total losses of the Houthi militia sites, weapons, and equipment from May 13, 2019, to May 27, 2019, was 214 and the number of dead Houthi terrorists is 633.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 24 January 2020

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.