Northern Borders governor orders strict implementation of virus preventive measures

Northern Borders Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan. (SPA)
Short Url
Updated 28 March 2020

Northern Borders governor orders strict implementation of virus preventive measures

ARAR, Saudi Arabia: Northern Borders Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan chaired a video conference meeting with the region’s undersecretaries and mayors to review measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The meeting highlighted the importance of cooperation between municipalities, branches of the Saudi Ministry of Health, and the police in ensuring implementation of action plans and the raising of health awareness.

The need for ongoing checks on the availability of goods and the stability of prices in markets and shops, in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce branch, was also discussed.

Prince Faisal reviewed the steps taken by government bodies in provinces, measures used to implement decisions, private efforts, preventive action, hygiene and sterilization procedures, and the application of health standards.

He ordered the establishment of a team – headed by the region’s mayor and including representatives of health, municipal, commerce, public education, environment, human resources and security branches – to monitor, process, analyze and problem-solve on COVID-19 issues.

The prince warned that individuals, companies or organizations found to be violating preventive measures would be held to account.

“The health and safety of all the citizens and residents are the primary objective of the government’s efforts, particularly in light of the tremendous challenge facing the world. The leadership will not spare any effort to ensure the security, safety and health of the Kingdom’s people,” he added.


Coalition hits military targets in Yemen in response to Riyadh missile attack

Updated 9 min 4 sec ago

Coalition hits military targets in Yemen in response to Riyadh missile attack

  • The raids were in response to a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital and another city at the weekend
  • Operation aimed to 'neutralize and destroy legitimate military targets'

RIYADH: The Arab Coalition fighting to restore Yemen’s government carried out a series of airstrikes in Houthi-controlled parts of Yemen on Monday.

The raids were in response to a ballistic missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s capital and another city at the weekend.

The coalition said the operation aimed to “neutralize and destroy legitimate military targets of the terrorist Houthi militia” and to “confront ongoing and imminent threats.”

“The targets that were destroyed include advanced capabilities of the terrorist militia, storage, assembly and installation sites of ballistic missiles and UAVs, locations of (Iran’s) Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) experts, and weapons depots,” coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.

He added that the targets were spread across the Houthi controlled territory in the north of Yemen, including the port city of Hodeidah, which has become the main flashpoint of the conflict.

Al-Malki added that Iran’s support of the Houthis showed the regime stands with “destruction and aggression” while the rest of the world is unifying to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Two civilians suffered minor injuries from falling debris after Saudi air defense intercepted and destroyed the missiles over Riyadh and Jazan late on Saturday night.

The attack received global condemnation, including from the UAE, UK and US.