Egypt condemns Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

Egypt condemns Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia
Egypt has described the Houthi militia’s continued targeting of Saudi territory from Yemen as ‘cowardly terrorist’ attacks. (AFP file photo)
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Updated 16 December 2021

Egypt condemns Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

Egypt condemns Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia

CAIRO: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry has described the Houthi militia’s continued targeting of Saudi territory from Yemen as “cowardly terrorist” attacks. The latest targets were the cities of Jazan, in the southwest of the Kingdom, which suffered some material losses, and nearby Abha. Two ballistic missiles aimed at Abha were intercepted and destroyed.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement early on Thursday that “the repeated targeting of civilian facilities and innocent civilians by the Houthi militia is a threat to the security and stability of Saudi Arabia, as well as a flagrant violation of the rules of international law.”

The statement continued, “Egypt once again expresses its full solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the measures it is taking to confront these despicable terrorist attacks and stresses the close link between the security and stability of the two brotherly countries.”

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will hold talks on Thursday with Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Cairo.

During the meeting, which is being held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two will discuss ways to enhance Egyptian-Saudi relations in various fields, as well as regional and international issues of common concern.

The two ministers are scheduled to hold a joint press conference at the conclusion of the talks.


Naif Arab University talks future of drones in South Korean workshop

Naif Arab University talks future of drones in South Korean workshop
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Naif Arab University talks future of drones in South Korean workshop

Naif Arab University talks future of drones in South Korean workshop
  • The workshop began on May 16 and will continue until May 21 in cooperation with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism
  • The workshop will discuss several important themes in the field of drone benefits and security risks

Naif Arab University for Security Sciences and the South Korea’s National Police University organized a workshop in Cheonan titled “Methods and strategies to confront the dangers of drones in important locations” to stay ahead of technical developments and risks in security.

The workshop began on May 16 and will continue until May 21 in cooperation with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism. It is organized by NAUSS as part of its annual programs aimed at developing international strategic partnerships toward combating terrorism.

From the Arab world, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Somalia, Mauritania, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Libya are taking part in the workshop with the goal of strengthening international efforts to address drone risks.

The workshop discusses several important themes in the field of drone benefits and security risks. Attendees will be taught the benefits of the devices as a security tool, procedures to combat misuse, thermal imaging monitoring, detection systems, accident analysis and risk evaluation.

NAUSS President Dr. Abdulmajeed bin Abdullah Al-Bunyan thanked the National Police University for hosting the workshop, especially in light of the rise in drone-related security risks and attacks perpetrated by terrorist groups that target infrastructure and security.

He said: “The workshop aims to develop knowledge to understand the capabilities of drones, identify their threats, ways to confront them, possible solutions, and decision-making methods in planning to face challenges, protect facilities and distinguish between the different classifications of drone command, its functions, its devices and programs.”

The workshop targets cadres of the ministries of interior in the Arab countries, law enforcement personnel, as well as experts from security institutions and anti-terrorism authorities.

NAUSS training programs are implemented in accordance with the university’s 2019-2023 responsibility and strategy as the scientific body of the Arab Interior Ministers Council. It is entrusted with preparing, presenting and developing distinctive training programs with global reliability.

Drones were first used in a military environment in the 1960s. Since then, countries and companies around the world have sought to develop and use unmanned aircraft in fields including military use, surveillance, photography, firefighting, geographical data collection, environmental pollution control, aerial reconnaissance and more.

With both benefits and risks, the technological advancement of drones constitutes a growing global security challenge, with countries drafting strict legislation regarding their use and licensing.


Saudi crown prince leaves for the UAE to offer condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa

Saudi crown prince leaves for the UAE to offer condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa
Updated 16 May 2022

Saudi crown prince leaves for the UAE to offer condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa

Saudi crown prince leaves for the UAE to offer condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman departed the Kingdom for the UAE on Monday to offer condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

The visit comes under the direction of King Salman.

Sheikh Khalifa died at the age of 73, Emirates News Agency reported on Friday.


Saudi FM meets Thai counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi FM meets Thai counterpart in Riyadh
Updated 16 May 2022

Saudi FM meets Thai counterpart in Riyadh

Saudi FM meets Thai counterpart in Riyadh
  • The two ministers also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met with his Thai counterpart Don Pramudwinai in Riyadh on Monday.

During the meeting, the two officials reviewed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to enhance, develop, and advance them in various fields.

They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest.

Ties between the Kingdom and Thailand were renewed in January, following Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s visit to Riyadh on the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The visit was the first top leadership meeting between the countries in more than three decades after relations were downgraded in the 1980s.


Saudi surgeons separate Yemeni twins after complicated 15-hour operation

Saudi surgeons separate Yemeni twins after complicated 15-hour operation
Updated 16 May 2022

Saudi surgeons separate Yemeni twins after complicated 15-hour operation

Saudi surgeons separate Yemeni twins after complicated 15-hour operation
  • KSRelief statement: Acting upon a directive from King Salman, Saudi Arabia’s specialist surgeons have succeeded in separating the Yemeni twins Yousef and Yassin
  • The twins were conjoined in several organs and 24 doctors were involved in the procedure to separate them

RIYADH: A team of specialist surgeons in Saudi Arabia have successfully separated Yemeni conjoined twins Yousef and Yassin after a “complicated” non-stop surgery that lasted 15-hours.

“In implementation of directives of King Salman, Saudi Arabia’s specialist surgeons have once again succeeded to separate the Yemeni twins Yousef and Yassin, sons of Mohammed Abdulrahman, during a complicated non-stop 15-hour long operation in which 24 doctors specialized in pediatric neurosurgery, plastic surgery, anesthesia, and nursing led by Dr. Mutasem Al-Zughaibi took part in the operation,” said the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) in a statement to Arab News.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, supervisor general of KSRelief and head of the medical and surgical team for separation operations, said that the four-phase surgery is among the most complicated. The twins were conjoined in several organs and 24 doctors were involved in the procedure to separate them.

Dr Nazar Al-Zughaibi, head of pediatric anesthesia at the King Abdullah Specialized Children’s Hospital (KASCH) at the National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh, where the conjoined separation was completed, told Arab News: “This was a complex operation due to the twin sharing in the sinuses, cerebral venous and parts of the brain.”

Al-Zughaibi added: “The operation was carried out in several stages: Anesthesia, navigation planning, preparing for surgery, skincare, and preparation for brain tissues, bone and reconstruction by plastic surgery.”

“The condition of the separated twins is subject to strict care and control, that’s why they are in the ICU being monitored regularly,” the doctor told Arab News.

He added that after the separation, Yousef was stable, but Yassin is still in a critical condition because of significant blood loss.

Al-Zughaibi pointed out that the operation was complicated as the twins faced some difficulties due to increased bleeding as a result of adhesions, which were dealt with by the team. After the operation, the twins were transferred to the intensive care department.

“They still need regular observation, so they will be in the ICU for a few days, followed by reconstruction planning later that takes some time,” he added.

He said that the twins previously had two operations, one last October and the other in February, to separate the cerebral veins and brain adhesions and to put skin equipment to help cover wounds after the separation.

Earlier, Al-Rabeeah, on behalf of the team, extended appreciation and gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the initiative.

He also extended thanks to his fellow medical and surgical team members for their great efforts.

The parents of the twins thanked King Salman, wishing him health and happiness.

Last July, Saudi doctors separated a Yemeni baby from her parasitic twin, which was their 50th successful operation on conjoined twins.

Last week, King Salman ordered that another set of Yemeni conjoined twins, girls named Mawaddah and Rahmah, will be transferred to Riyadh “to conduct medical examinations and check on the possibility” of separation.


King Salman leaves hospital after medical examinations

King Salman leaves hospital after medical examinations
Updated 15 May 2022

King Salman leaves hospital after medical examinations

King Salman leaves hospital after medical examinations
  • King Salman thanked well-wishers within Saudi Arabia and from friendly countries

JEDDAH: King Salman left King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah on Sunday evening after undergoing medical examinations and successfully completing the treatment plan and recovery period.

Saudi Press Agency reported the king thanked well-wishers within Saudi Arabia and from friendly countries for their messages of support.