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


Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 18 January 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He was appointed to the consultative body in 2016
  • He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016.

The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media.

He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions.

Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership.

He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs.

He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998.