Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi drones targeting Jazan airport

This file photo shows a Houthi drone packed with explosives that coalition forces shot down as it headed toward Jazan airport on May 26, 2019. (SPA photo)
Updated 05 July 2019

Saudi air defense forces intercept Houthi drones targeting Jazan airport

JEDDAH: Saudi air defense forces intercepted weaponized drones launched by Houthi terrorists toward southern Saudi Arabia, the coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said early Friday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the unmanned aircraft were launched on Thursday night from Yemen, targeting King Abdullah Airport in the border region of Jazan.
Al-Maliki bewailed that the Iran-backed "Houthi criminals" continue to carry out "hostile and terrorist acts targeting civilians and civilian installations" in Saudi Arabia.

The attack on Jazan follows a series of missile and drone strikes launched by the Yemen-based Houthi terrorist militia on the city of Abha in nearby Asir region in the past weeks.

A missile attack on June 12 on Abha airport wounded 26 civilians, drawing retaliatory strikes by the coalition on Houthi positions.
Another attack on June 23 on the same airport killed a Syrian national and wounded 21 other civilians, according to the coalition.
On July 2, an attack on the airport left nine civilians wounded.

Repeated Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia have been reported since the Kingdom led a coalition intervention in March 2015 to restore the UN-backed Yemeni government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, which the Houthi militia had ousted.

The fighting that rages to this day has triggered what the United Nations describes as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with millions of people displaced and in need of aid.

(With AFP)


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

(Developing)