Arab coalition says Houthi claims of intercepting F-15 warplane is incorrect

Arab coalition fighting to restore the legitimate Yemeni government said Houthi militia claims that it intercepted an F-15 warplane (pictured) are false. (File/Reuters)
Updated 21 November 2019

Arab coalition says Houthi claims of intercepting F-15 warplane is incorrect

RIYADH: The Arab coalition fighting to restore the internationally-recognized government in Yemen said on Wednesday claims by the Houthi militia that they intercepted a Saudi aircraft are “baseless and false.”
The Iranian-backed Houthi militia claimed on Twitter that it intercepted an F-15 warplane of the Arab coalition near the border with Saudi Arabia.
Lt. Col. Turki Al-Maliki, the coalition’s spokesperson, said what was published on Wednesday was in reference to a previous and unsuccessful attempt on July 1st, 2018 and the militant group’s militia claim “is an extension of the militia’s methodology of falsifying information.”


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 13 min 3 sec ago

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.