Saudi envoy briefs UN Security Council on Houthi violations

Saudi envoy briefs UN Security Council on Houthi violations
He spoke about the latest violations against Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed militia. (UN)
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Updated 15 October 2021

Saudi envoy briefs UN Security Council on Houthi violations

Saudi envoy briefs UN Security Council on Houthi violations
  • UAE and Tunisian delegations join dialogue on militia violence

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN on Wednesday briefed Security Council members on Houthi threats against the Kingdom.
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi highlighted the country’s position on the continuing threats against it, saying the council must assume its responsibility in preserving world peace and international security.
He spoke about the latest violations against Saudi Arabia by the Iran-backed militia and discussed the recent letters sent to council members in the country’s name. 
Al-Mouallimi said Saudi Arabia had taken all necessary measures to protect its territories and preserve the safety of its residents and citizens, in line with international resolutions.
“And, accordingly, it should be made clear to the Security Council that the continuing terrorist Houthi attacks against the Kingdom is a very dangerous and serious matter that constitutes a blatant violation of international humanitarian law and poses a threat to the safety and security of the region.”
One example of these violations was the targeting of civilians at King Abdullah Airport in Jazan, through which thousands of people passed daily, the envoy said.
He also referred to another attack targeting Abha International Airport, where a booby-trapped drone was intercepted. Debris from the intercepted drone led to four people being injured and to window panes being shattered. 
He said the lack of strict and sufficient measures by the international community and UN Security Council was sending the wrong message to the Houthis and was encouraging them to continue destabilizing regional security and world peace.
Al-Mouallimi called on the council to assume its responsibilities to put an end to Houthis’ threats to world peace and security and hold the militia accountable.
Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE’s permanent representative to the UN, gave a speech during the Wednesday meeting.
She stressed the need for the UN Security Council to condemn Houthi attacks on the Kingdom as they constituted a blatant violation of international humanitarian law and posed a threat to regional security.
Tunisia’s permanent representative to the UN, Tarek Ladeb, said the UN Security Council was preparing to issue a statement to condemn Houthi attacks on the Kingdom.
Tunisia is a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2020-2021.
Council members agreed on the need to condemn the Houthi attacks. 


Saudi Arabia records 1 COVID-19 death, 43 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 1 COVID-19 death, 43 new cases
Updated 06 December 2021

Saudi Arabia records 1 COVID-19 death, 43 new cases

Saudi Arabia records 1 COVID-19 death, 43 new cases
  • The health ministry says 26 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours
  • More than 22.6 million people have been fully vaccinated throughout the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed one new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,845.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 43 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 549,955 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 37 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh and Jeddah with 14 cases each, while Makkah confirmed three and Dhahran recorded two cases.


The health ministry also announced that 26 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 539,082.
Over 47.7 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 22.6 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 266 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 5.27 million.


Saudi defenses intercept 3 ballistic missile launched toward Riyadh: Arab coalition

Saudi defenses intercept 3 ballistic missile launched toward Riyadh: Arab coalition
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Saudi defenses intercept 3 ballistic missile launched toward Riyadh: Arab coalition

Saudi defenses intercept 3 ballistic missile launched toward Riyadh: Arab coalition

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s air defenses intercepted three ballistic missiles launched toward the Kingdom, state TV reported on Monday, citing the Arab coalition.
The coalition said the missiles was targeting the capital, Riyadh, in an attempt to attack civilians and civilian objects.
“In response to the threat, we will start implementing a large-scale operation against the Houthi militia, and to protect civilians, we will strike with an iron fist, within the framework of international humanitarian law,” the coalition said in a separate statement.
The Iran-backed militia has launched several drones toward the Kingdom’s southern region since Sunday, sparking condemnation from regional counties and organizations.
The Houthis launch frequent cross-border attacks targeting populated areas, airports and oil installations, threatening global energy supplies and endangering lives.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sends letter to UAE president

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sends letter to UAE president
Updated 06 December 2021

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sends letter to UAE president

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sends letter to UAE president
  • The message dealt with ways to develop bilateral relations
  • It was delivered by Saudi foreign minister during a meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sent a written message to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, regarding their strong bilateral relations and ways to support and enhance them, Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday.
The message was delivered by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan during a meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE vice president and prime minister and ruler of Dubai.
During the reception, Prince Faisal conveyed greetings from King Salman to Sheikh Khalifa, wishing him and the Emirati people continued progress and prosperity.
Sheikh Mohammed said the UAE president expressed appreciation for the Saudi monarch, wishing him good health and wellness and the Saudi people further development and growth. 


Saudi crown prince arrives in Oman on first leg of GCC tour

 Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Oman on Monday on the first leg of multiple stops in his tour of Gulf states. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Oman on Monday on the first leg of multiple stops in his tour of Gulf states. (SPA)
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Saudi crown prince arrives in Oman on first leg of GCC tour

 Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Oman on Monday on the first leg of multiple stops in his tour of Gulf states. (SPA)
  • The tour is aimed at boosting and strengthening ties with GCC countries
  • Oman says his visit affirms the fraternal ties and historical relations binding both nations

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Oman on Monday on the first leg of multiple stops in his tour of Gulf states.

Prince Mohammed’s visit comes “based on directives from King Salman, his keenness to communicate with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and to strengthen ties,” the Royal Court said in a statement issued by Saudi Press Agency.

During his meeting with Haitham bin Tarik, Sultan of Oman, the prince will review several issues of mutual concern, with the aim of achieving progress and prosperity for both countries and both peoples, Oman News Agency reported.

During his tour, the crown prince will also meet with leaders and senior officials of the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, to discuss bilateral relations.

The visit to Oman is an “affirmation of the ties of fraternity and kinship, and the historical relations binding the Sultanate of Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” ONA said, adding both countries “are set for a new stage of economic and investment cooperation in all fields.”

Last July, the two countries reaffirmed plans to engage in joint investment in advanced technologies, innovation, renewable energy projects, industry health, real estate, tourism, petrochemical converting industries, supply chains, logistics partnership, information technology and financial technology, the ONA report said.

“The achievements made over the past five months and the active exchange of visits among officials reflect the keen desire of the two countries to work together.” This includes establishing the Saudi-Omani Investment Forum that was held in Muscat in August, where a number of agreements and memoranda of understanding were signed.


Saudi defenses destroy several drones launched by Yemen’s Houthis toward the Kingdom: Arab coalition

Saudi defenses destroy several drones launched by Yemen’s Houthis toward the Kingdom: Arab coalition
Updated 06 December 2021

Saudi defenses destroy several drones launched by Yemen’s Houthis toward the Kingdom: Arab coalition

Saudi defenses destroy several drones launched by Yemen’s Houthis toward the Kingdom: Arab coalition
  • Bahrain strongly condemned the attack

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s air defenses destroyed Houthi drones targeting the Kingdom, the Arab coalition said early on Monday.

The drones were shot down in Yemen before they could cause harm.

This follows the downing of several drones launched by the Iran-back militia on Sunday.

The action comes as the Arab coalition forces have been eliminating militia assets in recent weeks, including weapons and personnel.

The militia frequently launch cross border attacks using explosive-laden drones and ballistic missiles targeting populated areas in the Kingdom’s southern region.

The group, who seized the Yemeni capital in 2014, have been fighting the internationally recognized government, which is supported by the Saudi-led Arab coalition.

Earlier on Sunday, the coalition said Saudi defenses intercepted and destroyed four drones that tried to target the southern region.

The Arab Parliament denounced the attacks and said they constitute a clear violation of the Stockholm Agreement, which stipulates a cease-fire.

It “called on the international community to take an immediate and decisive stance to stop these repeated terrorist acts, and to prevent this militia from acquiring advanced military technology, which the Iranian regime supplies and used to target vital and civilian facilities.”

The UAE strongly condemned the attempts to target the Kingdom and said the continuation of these terrorist attacks by the Houthi militia reflects its blatant defiance of the international community.

Bahrain also strongly condemned the attacks, saying it “reflects the militias’ continued sinister and systematic attacks to target civilians and innocent lives.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed Bahrain’s support for all measures Saudi Arabia takes to ensure the security and safety of its territory, citizens and residents.

The war in Yemen has now raged for seven years, with some of the fiercest fighting taking place this year in the resource-rich and government-held province of Marib.

On Sunday, three Yemeni civilians were wounded when four Houthi missiles landed in residential areas in Marib.

Large explosions rocked the city after the four missiles hit the airport, Al-Shareka and Rawdha neighborhoods, residents said.

Footage on social media showed thick smoke billowing from shelled areas as people fled.

“The Houthi militia’s repeated targeting of the city of Marib, which is crowded with millions of residents and displaced people, with ballistic missiles is part of its attempts to inflict a big number of casualties among civilians. This is a cowardly act of revenge,” said Moammar Al-Eryani, Yemen’s information minister.