Tanker damaged as Arab coalition foils Houthi shipping attack

Tanker damaged as Arab coalition foils Houthi shipping attack
Arab coalition says a commercial vessel suffered minor damage from shrapnel as attack was foiled. (SPA/File)
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Updated 26 November 2020

Tanker damaged as Arab coalition foils Houthi shipping attack

Tanker damaged as Arab coalition foils Houthi shipping attack
  • Greek managers say explosion blew a hole in tanker while at birth in Shuqaiq
  • Vessel suffered minor damage from shrapnel as explosives-laden attack boat destroyed

LONDON: A Greek tanker was damaged by an explosion as the Arab coalition foiled a Houthi attack at a Saudi shipping terminal on Wednesday.

The coalition said it had destroyed an explosives-laden boat and foiled the attack in the southern Red Sea.

The commercial vessel suffered minor damage from shrapnel as the terror attack was foiled, the coalition said.

Hostile actions carried out by the Houthi militia threaten shipping lanes and global trade, the coalition added.

Later on Wednesday, the coalition said that it had destroyed a naval mine planted by the Houthis in the southern Red Sea.

The Greek managers of the tanker Agrari said an explosion damaged the ship at a Saudi Arabian Red Sea terminal just north of the Yemen border.

TMS Tankers said the Maltese-flagged vessel was “attacked by an unknown source” while at berth in Shuqaiq  after it had completed discharging and was preparing to depart.

“The Agrari was struck about one meter above the waterline and has suffered a breach,” TMS Tankers said. “It has been confirmed that the crew are safe and there have been no injuries. No pollution has been reported. The vessel is in ballast condition and stable,” the company said.

The attack is the latest against Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure and shipping in the Red Sea blamed on the Iran-backed Houthis.

On Monday, the the militants hit a petroleum products distribution plant in Jeddah with a missile. The attack received global condemnation and the coalition vowed to take action against those responsible.

*With Reuters


Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
Updated 25 January 2021

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking

Saudi Arabia advances in global COVID-19 research ranking
  • Saudi Arabia continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has been ranked 14th internationally for its COVID-19 university research, rising from its previous 17th ranking, according to the database of the Web of Science.

The Kingdom continues to be ranked first in the Arab World and 12th among the G20 member states.

Education Minister Hamad Al-Sheikh thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for education, for attaching great importance to research and innovation, and for supporting scientists and researchers in Saudi universities to become globally competitive.

He said that this achievement was a continuation of the efforts of the Kingdom in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflected the Kingdom’s capabilities when it came to managing crises.

Al-Sheikh said that Saudi universities had published 84 percent of the Kingdom’s COVID-19 research, and that the Kingdom had published 915 scientific papers by local scientists since the outbreak of the pandemic.

He thanked Saudi universities that contributed to publishing the research papers as well as the faculty members and researchers who were serving their community.

Al-Sheikh said that this achievement reflected the Ministry of Education’s keenness to organize events that enhanced the participation of Saudi universities, research centers, researchers and academics in supporting scientific research during the pandemic.

This was in addition to coordinating the efforts of universities through specialized workshops to improve the efficiency of research and its contribution to fighting COVID-19, discussing ways to prevent and treat the disease, and investing in the research capabilities of the staff of universities and research centers by finding scientific solutions that contributed to addressing the pandemic.

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