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


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.