Coalition forces intercept 3 drones, one targeting Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushayt

A drone launched from Sanaa targetied the southwestern city of Khamis Mushayt. (SPA/File photo)
Updated 27 August 2019

Coalition forces intercept 3 drones, one targeting Saudi Arabia’s Khamis Mushayt

  • Two of the drones were launched from Sanaa
  • The second drone’s target was not specified

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition has destroyed three drones launched by Houthi militants in Yemen towards Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
Col. Turki Al-Maliki, spokesman of the coalition, said one of the drones, launched from Sanaa, targeted the south-western city of Khamis Mushayt when it was intercepted.

The coalition did not specify where the last two drones were headed, but said that one of them was also launched from Sanaa. Both were shot down over Yemen.

The coalition later said the Houthis also fired a ballistic missile from Amran province on Tuesday evening that landed in Yemen's Saada province.
Col. Al-Maliki said the group “used civilian objects for the launch site” in Harf Sufyan district.
He said the Houthis “continue to violate international humanitarian law by firing ballistic missile†arabes and indiscriminately landing on civilians, threatening the lives of dozens of civilians.”
The attacks on Tuesday come as the Houthis have ramped up their attempts to attack Saudi targets with their crude drones, that carry explosives.

On Monday morning, another drone launched from Al-Jawf in Yemen was intercepted while it was still in Yemen’s airspace.

On Sunday, coalition forces also destroyed a drone and intercepted six ballistic missiles targeting Jazan in Saudi Arabia’s southern border with Yemen.
Earlier in August, 10 drones were fired at the Shaybah natural gas liquefaction plant in Saudi Arabia, near the UAE border – the Houthis claim responsibility for the attack.
There were no injuries and operations were not disrupted.

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

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Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

  • “I was transported into a completely different world”: Jay Kay

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”