Britain and France condemn Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabia

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the Houthi attacks, “which cast further doubt on their claims to want peace.” (File/Reuters)
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Updated 24 June 2020

Britain and France condemn Houthi missile attack on Saudi Arabia

  • The Houthis have launched eight drones and three ballistic missiles towards Riyadh

LONDON: Britain and France on Tuesday condemned a misisle and drone attack on Saudi Arabia launched by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi militia.
“I condemn these latest attacks on Saudi Arabia by the Houthis, and their continued offensives within Yemen which cast further doubt on their claims to want peace,” Raab said in a statement.
The Houthis have launched eight drones and three ballistic missiles toward the capital Riyadh between late Monday and early Tuesday, Arab coalition spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said.
“With over a million Yemenis believed to have contracted coronavirus, it is more vital than ever that the Houthis cease their hostilities and allow the UN-led humanitarian response to get on with saving Yemeni lives,” he added.
The French foreign ministry said the attack deliberately targeted inhabited areas of Saudi Arabia and the stability of the region.

"Resuming discussions on a comprehensive and inclusive political agreement is the only real prospect for ending the conflict in Yemen," the ministry said.

The US ambassador to Yemen, Christopher Henzel, also condemned the Houthi attacks on Riyadh, which he said threatened the peace negotiations, according to a report by the Yemeni government state news agency.

(With Reuters)


Saudi Arabia health care summit to accelerate global COVID-19 fight

Updated 03 August 2020

Saudi Arabia health care summit to accelerate global COVID-19 fight

  • Representatives from the World Health Organization, UK National Health Service, IBM and many other industry leaders to speak at online event.
  • The ‘Riyadh Declaration’ will provide a roadmap for using digital innovations to fight this pandemic and those of the future.

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will this month host one of the world’s largest health care summits that aims to unite global efforts against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The event will bring together health care leaders and innovators from across the world to foster new collaborations and discuss the vital role of digital health in fighting pandemics.

Taking place online on Aug. 11-12, the Riyadh Global Digital Health Summit (RGDHS) will host directors from the World Health Organization and the UK’s National Health Service, IBM’s chief health officer, and Australia’s deputy chief medical officer.

The event’s flagship talk will be hosted by the Kingdom’s Minister of Health Dr. Tawfig Al-Rabiah, and will introduce the “Riyadh Declaration” — a roadmap for accelerating digital health innovations to fight the current and future pandemics.

Dr. Bandar Al-Knawy, president of the RGDHS, said the event was far more than a health care conference.

“It is a global digital platform bringing together people who have the ability to work collaboratively to accelerate our response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Health care professionals must now seize this opportunity to build on previous strides forward in digital health.”