GCC chief joins condemnation of Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco Shaybah gas plant 

Operations were uninterrupted at the plant in Shaybah after the attack. (Reuters/File photo)
Updated 18 August 2019

GCC chief joins condemnation of Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco Shaybah gas plant 

  • Aramco said the attack caused a small fire but that there were no injuries
  • Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attack 'threatens security and stability in the region'

JEDDAH: The head of the GCC condemned on Sunday a Houthi attack on a Saudi Aramco gas plant.

The militants claimed 10 drones struck the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant near the border with the UAE.

Aramco said the attack caused a small fire but that there were no injuries and operations were uninterrupted.

GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the attack was a “cowardly act that threatens security and stability in the region.”

“The targeting of oil facilities in the Kingdom reveals the malicious goals harming the global energy supply,” he said.

He called on the international community to condemn the Houthi’s attacks.

The militants, who are based in Yemen and backed by Iran, have previously used crude kamikaze drones laden with explosives to target infrastructure in the Kingdom.

In May, the Houthis attacked two oil pumping stations with drones but caused no disruption to operations.

They have also repeatedly targeted Saudi Arabia’s Abha airport, including a strike in June that killed a Syrian and wounded 21 others.

The attack on Saturday was widely condemned, including by the UAE. 

Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister, Khalid Al-Falih said the attack was not only aimed at Saudi Arabia “but also against the global economy.”

The Houthis sparked the conflict in Yemen when they seized the capital Sanaa in 2014. An Arab coalition, which includes Saudi Arabia and the UAE, intervened in 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government.

KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

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KSRelief chief presented with 2019 moderation award

MAKKAH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, has been named the winner of the 2019 moderation award.

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal made the announcement at a ceremony held on Wednesday in Jeddah.

The award, in its third year, is considered one of the most important in promoting the values of moderation and combating extremism, both internally and externally.

Al-Rabeeah has held 13 positions that contributed to his selection for the award, most notably minister of health, and pediatric surgery consultant, a role in which he performed 47 operations for conjoined twins from 20 countries.

The Saudi National Siamese Twins Separation Program is a global reference and one of Saudi Arabia’s most distinguished medical humanitarian initiatives worldwide.

In December 1990, Al-Rabeeah hit local and international headlines after making history in the Kingdom by performing complex surgery to separate the first conjoined Saudi twins at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah

The case of the conjoined Malaysian twins Ahmed and Mohammed was particularly demanding. The family of the two children appealed to the Kingdom’s government to conduct the separation operation, and Al-Rabeeah carried out successful surgery lasting 23.5 hours in September 2002, by royal request.

After taking over as general supervisor of KSRelief, Al-Rabeeah oversaw 176 projects in 37 countries, including key areas such as food security, health, water, sanitation, education, women, children, vaccination and shelter.

He also implemented the directives of King Salman, providing various humanitarian and relief programs and building partnerships and community support with other countries.

The center executed 1,050 projects in 44 countries in addition to 225 projects dedicated to women and 224 for children.