Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone after Abha attack

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The drone was launched from Sanaa. (AP/File photo)
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Abha airport has previously been targeted by the militia. (File/SPA)
Updated 29 August 2019

Arab coalition intercepts Houthi drone after Abha attack

  • A Houthi drone aimed towards Saudi Arabia was intercepted hours after the militia fired a “hostile projectile” toward Abha airport
  • No casualties were reported from the attacks

The Saudi-led Arab intercepted a Houthi drone aimed towards Saudi Arabia early Thursday, just hours after the militia fired a “hostile projectile” toward Abha airport.  

Spokesman of the Arab coalition, Col. Turki al-Maliki, said that the coalition forces managed to intercept and shoot down the drone fired from Saada on Thursday morning. No casualties were reported.

“The Houthi militia continues its immoral practices by targeting civilians,” Al-Malki said.

“The continuation of such acts of terrorism and high-quality capabilities proves the Iranian regime's involvement in supporting the Houthi militia and the continued violation of relevant Security Council resolutions,” he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, the coalition destroyed a Houthi drone fired towards Saudi Arabia from Yemen.

The drone was launched by the militants from Sanaa -  the then capital city they overran in 2014, triggering the conflict with government forces.

Al-Malki said their attempts to use drones against Saudi Arabia were "doomed to failure."

The recent incidents are the latest launched by the militants, who have ramped up their efforts to target the Kingdom in recent days.

Their ballistic missiles and crude exploding drones are usually intercepted by the coalition before they can cause harm.

 

— with Reuters


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.