Saudi air defenses shoot down Houthi drone

In this undated file photo, a Patriot missile is deployed at a Saudi Air Defense Forces base in Khamis Mushayt, in the southern region of Asir. (SPA/File)
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Updated 10 October 2020

Saudi air defenses shoot down Houthi drone

  • OIC chief expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia in all its measures to protect its territories, citizens, and residents
  • The drone was shot down early Saturday, the Saudi military said

RIYADH: An explosive-laden drone targeting the southern part of the Kingdom was intercepted and destroyed by the Arab coalition backing Yemen’s internationally recognized government on Saturday.
Coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the drone was aimed at civilians and civilian facilities in the southern region.
Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militias have been launching missile, drone and rocket strikes targeting civilian centers in Saudi Arabia for the past few years.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, condemned the attack and expressed the OIC’s solidarity with Saudi Arabia, supporting the measures it takes to protect its border, citizens and residents.
The coalition forces had intercepted another explosives-laden drone in Yemeni airspace launched by the Houthi militia on Wednesday. Al-Maliki said the launching of the drone shows how the Houthis continue their systematic attacks on civilian targets in Saudi Arabia.
He said the militants are launching ballistic missiles, drones and remotely piloted boats from Yemen’s Hodeidah governorate in violation of international humanitarian law and the Stockholm cease-fire agreement.

BACKGROUND

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies entered the war in Yemen in 2015 against the Houthis, who drove the internationally recognized government into exile in 2014.

Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for the immediate cessation of such attacks, saying the successful interception of the drone had prevented the loss of innocent lives. The statement reiterates Pakistan’s full support of the Kingdom against any threats to its security and territorial integrity.
Earlier, the US called on Houthi militants in Yemen to stop launching attacks on Saudi Arabia.
“The US remains deeply concerned by the Houthis’ aggression, supported by Iranian weapons shipments in violation of UN arms embargoes,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said.
“We call on the Houthis to immediately cease their cross-border attacks against Saudi Arabia and halt their attacks on the city of Marib, where nearly a million Yemenis have sought refuge since the beginning of the war.”

 


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 42 min 3 sec ago

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

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.

FASTFACTS

• 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.