Coalition naval forces rescue three crewmen after fishing boat is sunk by Houthi mine

Spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition Colonel Turki al-Maliki. (AFP)
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Updated 07 February 2020

Coalition naval forces rescue three crewmen after fishing boat is sunk by Houthi mine

RIYADH: Arab coalition naval forces rescued three fishermen whose boat sank after hitting a mine placed by Houthi militias in the Red Sea.

“At 2 a.m. on Feb. 5, coalition Naval forces responded to a communication reporting the sinking of a fishing boat in international waters in the Red Sea as a result of a naval mine explosion,” said coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki. “Six Egyptian fishermen were on the boat. Three of them were rescued and the other three were killed by the naval mine explosion.

“The terrorist, Iran-backed Houthi militia’s continuation of planting and deploying naval mines is a serious threat to maritime navigation and international trade in the southern Red Sea and Bab-el-Mandeb strait.”

Al-Maliki added that 137 Houthi mines had been found and destroyed the in southern Red Sea and Bab-el-Mandeb strait, and the coalition will continue its efforts to neutralize all maritime threats.
 


Minimum wage for Saudis raised to SR4,000

Ahmed Al-Rajhi. (Photo/Twitter)
Updated 24 November 2020

Minimum wage for Saudis raised to SR4,000

  • A Saudi employee earning SR3,000 or more but less than SR4,000 will only earn the company half a point in the point-based system. Those earning less than SR3,000 will not be counted at all

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi has issued a decision to raise the minimum wage for Saudis registered in the Nitaqat program from SR3,000 ($800) to SR4,000.
A Saudi worker with a minimum salary of SR4,000 will be considered as one worker in the Saudization percentage of the Nitaqat program, which was introduced to promote localization of the workforce.
The program also aims to enhance jobs for Saudi nationals through aligning the quality of nationalization with a range of incentives given by the Human Resources Development Fund.
A Saudi employee earning SR3,000 or more but less than SR4,000 will only earn the company half a point in the point-based system. Those earning less than SR3,000 will not be counted at all.
Part-time Saudi employees will gain a company half point in the Nitaqat system. Flexible work system employees are calculated in the percentage of the Nitaqat program as one-third of a Saudi worker for the entity they work for, provided that they complete a total of 168 working hours and pay social insurance contributions.
The decision also applies to Saudi students residing in the Kingdom who regularly work part-time as flexible work system employees, or permanent part-time workers.