Yemen’s Houthis launch missile toward Jazan, 5 civilians injured

A projectile launched at Saudi Arabia by Yemen’s Houthi militia landed in Jazan, southwestern Saudi Arabia, injuring five civilians. (File/Reuters)
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Updated 20 September 2020

Yemen’s Houthis launch missile toward Jazan, 5 civilians injured

  • Three cars were also damaged
  • The five people injured are in stable condition

RIYADH: Five people were injured on Saturday after a missile launched by Yemen’s Houthi militia fell in Jazan, southwestern Saudi Arabia, state news agency SPA said.
The media spokesperson for the Civil Defense directorate in Jazan region, Col. Mohammed bin Yahya Al-Ghamdi, said that “the directorate had received a report about the fall of a military projectile launched by the Iranian-backed Houthi militia from inside Yemeni territory toward one of the border villages in Al-Harath governorate in Jazan region.”
Al-Ghamdi said the missile damaged civilian property protected under international humanitarian law and three vehicles. 
Five people were injured by shrapnel and were taken to the hospital. The statement said “their health condition is stable, and the procedures adopted in such cases have also been directly implemented.”


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.