Arab coalition destroys two Houthi drones launched from Sanaa

Coalition air force units managed to intercept and destroy two unmanned aircraft launched by Houthi forces. (AFP/File Photo)
Updated 22 June 2019

Arab coalition destroys two Houthi drones launched from Sanaa

  • Al-Maliki reiterated the coalition’s desire to implement “appropriate deterrence measures”

RIYADH: Coalition air force units managed to intercept and destroy two drones launched by Houthi forces, spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said on Friday.
Al-Maliki said the first was destroyed at 9:28 p.m. local time, and said the drones were launched from the province of Sanaa and were intercepted and destroyed in Yemeni airspace.
Al-Maliki reiterated the coalition’s desire to implement “appropriate deterrence measures to deal with hostile and terrorist acts” by the Houthis, which break international humanitarian law.


Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

Updated 28 May 2020

Saudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's minister of Islamic affairs called on Muslims to respect ongoing preventative measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) inside mosques as the Kingdom eases some restrictions.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said worshipers should bring their own prayer mats, wear masks and wash their hands prior to coming to the mosque to ensure the safety of other worshippers. 

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. 

Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row, he said.

The minister said the elderly and children under 15 should continue to avoid going to the mosque. 

The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing freer movement of people.