Houthi drone from Yemen intercepted as it targeted Saudi Arabia

The drone was shot down over Yemeni airspace. (AP/File photo)
Updated 27 June 2019

Houthi drone from Yemen intercepted as it targeted Saudi Arabia

  • Coalition says drone was shot down in Yemeni airspace after it was launched from a site north of Sanaa

JEDDAH: A drone launched by the Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen towards Saudi Arabia was intercepted on Wednesday, the Arab coalition said.

The drone was shot down at 10:20 p.m. in Yemeni airspace after it was launched from a site north of the capital Sanaa.

It is the latest in a string of attacks by the Houthis using explosive "kamikaze" drones. One person was killed and seven others were wounded on Sunday when the militants attacked Saudi Arabia's Abha airport. It follows an attack on the same target earlier this month that injured 26 people.

Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said "terrorist Houthis continue to launch drones to carry out hostile and terrorist acts by targeting civilians and civilian installations.

The coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia, intervened in the Yemen war in 2015 in support of the Internationally recognized government after the Houthis overran Sanaa and launched an offensive to seize Aden.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.