Houthi rocket targets desalination plant in Al-Shuqaiq

The attack shows the militia are receiving new weaponry from Iran. (File/AFP)
Updated 22 June 2019

Houthi rocket targets desalination plant in Al-Shuqaiq

  • Saudi officials are working to identify the missile
  • The Houthi militants claimed the attack

DUBAI: A rocket fired by Houthi militia exploded near a desalination plant in Al-Shuqaiq southwest of Saudi Arabia, but did not cause any damage or injuries, state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.
Military and security organs were working to identify the type of rocket that was fired, Arab Coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said in the report.
The Houthi militants claimed responsibility for the attack through their media channels.
The attack constitutes a war crime, as it targets civilian facilities, and shows that Iran is supplying new weaponry for the militants, Al-Maliki said, adding that the Houthis continue to use Hodeidah port to smuggle arms and endanger regional and international peace.
The Arab coalition would take immediate action to protect civilians against the Houthi attacks, Al-Maliki said.

Houthi militia members on Thursday also launched a ballistic missile from the courtyard of Sanaa University, which hit Yemeni territory, the Coalition said.


Dr. Hisham Al-Haidari, executive head of the Authority

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Dr. Hisham Al-Haidari, executive head of the Authority

Dr. Hisham bin Mohammed Al-Haidari is the executive head of the Authority for the Care of Persons with Disabilities.

The authority aims to protect the rights of people with disabilities and strengthen services provided to assist in their care and rehabilitation.

Al-Haidari has worked for over 20 years in specialized rehabilitation and care facilities.

He presided over and managed centers and hospitals including the King Fahd Medical Rehabilitation Hospital and the Prince Sultan Center for Special Education Support Services.

Al-Haidari holds a Ph.D. in physical therapy and rehabilitation from Loma Linda University in California. He presented scientific research on rehabilitation and physiotherapy and participated in a number of scientific workshops and conferences.

As part of his work, the Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf), in cooperation with the Authority for the Care of Persons with Disabilities, is set to expand programs and initiatives for people with disabilities based on an agreement between the two parties.

They will work in tandem to help the training and employment of people with disabilities in the Kingdom, in addition to sharing information and helping develop important legislation and programs.

The authority will provide the fund, represented by the General Administration for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities Program, known as “Tawafuq,” with information that helps interim programs and plans empower people with disabilities.

It will also develop programs to help improve public awareness of people with disabilities.