Saudi air defense forces intercept 2 Houthi drones

Iran has been accused of supplying drones like the one displayed here after it was seized by coalition forces in Yemen. (File/Conflict Armament Research)
Updated 11 June 2019

Saudi air defense forces intercept 2 Houthi drones

  • The drones were targeted at Saudi Arabia’s southern city of Khamis Mushayt
  • Coalition forces raid Houthi positions in northwestern Yemen

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces shot down two weaponized drones launched by Houthis from Yemen toward the city of Khamis Mushayt, a spokesman for the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen’s legitimate government said early Tuesday.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said the attack was part of the continuing attempt by “Houthi terrorists” to target civilian installations in Saudi Arabia.

The statement gave no further details.

Houthi-run Masirah TV reported earlier on Monday that the Iran-aligned Houthi movement had carried out attacks on an airbase near Khamis Mushayt.

Coalition forces raid Houthi positions
In Yemen, coalition fighters intensified overnight air strikes on Houthi positions in the districts of Abes and Haradh in the northwestern province of Hajjah. 

According to the Yemeni Ministry of Defense website, September Net, the air raids targeted the Houthi concentrations west of Haradh city and destroyed the vehicles of the militia. 

The fighters also targeted a vehicle carrying a number of Houthi fighters in the governorate of Abs. 

The coalition led by Saudi Arabia threw its support behind the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in early 2015 amid attacks by the Iran-backed Houthis.


Saudi Arabia to introduce English language from first grade of primary school starting next academic year

Updated 20 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to introduce English language from first grade of primary school starting next academic year

  • The Ministry of Education says there will also be a focus on science and mathematics
  • Digital education will begin from the fourth year

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will teach the English language from first grade of primary school starting from the next academic year, the education minister said on Sunday.
Speaking during an interview with state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV’s Al-Raasd program, Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, said that five courses have been approved for the next academic year, including a focus on science and mathematics.
The minister also said that digital education would begin from the fourth year.
“There will be some changes that aim to benefit students and the future citizen to become a graduate of education and qualified to compete on an international level,” Al-Asheikh said.
Four of the courses will be introduced to all schools, but he said the fifth would only be implemented in the major schools distributed throughout the Kingdom.
“The general education stage is an important stage and we cannot improve higher education without improving secondary education, and this will happen in 2021,” the minister said.
The minister added there would be certain subjects that would be taught remotely, and distance education will continue even after the coronavirus pandemic.