Saudi Arabia launches forum for confronting Houthi terrorism and extremism in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs launches the ‘Yemen and the Kingdom in confronting Iranian Houthi Terrorism and Extremism’ forum in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs launches the ‘Yemen and the Kingdom in confronting Iranian Houthi Terrorism and Extremism’ forum in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs launches the ‘Yemen and the Kingdom in confronting Iranian Houthi Terrorism and Extremism’ forum in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs launches the ‘Yemen and the Kingdom in confronting Iranian Houthi Terrorism and Extremism’ forum in Riyadh. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs launches the ‘Yemen and the Kingdom in confronting Iranian Houthi Terrorism and Extremism’ forum in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs launches the ‘Yemen and the Kingdom in confronting Iranian Houthi Terrorism and Extremism’ forum in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Updated 05 January 2022

Saudi Arabia launches forum for confronting Houthi terrorism and extremism in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs launches the ‘Yemen and the Kingdom in confronting Iranian Houthi Terrorism and Extremism’ forum in Riyadh. (SPA)

RIYADH: Authorities in Saudi Arabia have unveiled a forum for Yemeni scholars and advocates that aims to assist efforts to combat terrorism in the war-torn country.
At the launch of the “Yemen and the Kingdom in confronting Iranian Houthi Terrorism and Extremism” forum in Riyadh, Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh affirmed the support of his country, under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for the Yemeni people.
He said Yemeni scholars play an important role to play in the challenges facing the country and a responsibility to their countrymen and women to help achieve security and stability.
Yemen has been engulfed in a civil war since 2014 between the internationally recognized Yemeni government, backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition, and the Iran-backed Houthi militia. According to the UN, 24.1 million people in Yemen, 80 percent of the population, are in need of humanitarian aid and protection amid “the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.”
Al-Asheikh said his ministry is keen to support the efforts of Yemeni scholars to convey their advocacy, scientific and intellectual messages, and the dangers of the Iranian-backed Houthi militia to the Islamic faith and identity. He called for the coordination and redoubling of efforts in Yemen to save the people of the country from losing their identity.

Mohammed Shabiba, the Yemeni minister of religious endowments and guidance, praised the Kingdom for its support of the Yemeni government and people, which is he said is something “that history will not forget.”
He also praised the ministry for its part in supporting and sponsoring the work of the Communication with Yemeni Scholars Program, and said that Saudi Arabia and Yemen are of one body, one illusion and one cause.
Shabiba emphasized the need to coordinate the work of scholars and advocates to help preserve the Yemeni Islamic identity, which he said the Houthi militia is trying to hijack by excluding its youth and instilling racist ideas that are alien to Arabism, morals, values and Islam.
Mohammed Al-Arifi, the supervisor of the Communication with Yemeni Scholars Program at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, highlighted the work of the program and its achievements in harnessing all capabilities to support the efforts to confront extremist ideas, especially the Houthi ideology.
The efforts of the Kingdom to combat Houthi extremism, and the country’s humanitarian role were also discussed, along with the role of the Saudi government and the Arab coalition in confronting Houthi aggression.
Delegates also discussed what human rights and humanitarian organizations can do to help, and reviewed evidence of Houthi violations carried out against the Yemeni people.


Naif Arab University talks future of drones in South Korean workshop

Naif Arab University talks future of drones in South Korean workshop
Updated 16 May 2022

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 offers his condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa

Saudi crown prince offers his condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa
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Saudi crown prince offers his condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa

Saudi crown prince offers his condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa
  • The visit comes under the direction of King Salman
  • Sheikh Mohamed expressed his thanks and appreciation to the crown prince for his sincere feelings toward the UAE and its people in their time of grief

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman paid a visit to Abu Dhabi on Monday to offer his condolences on the death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

The crown prince was received at the airport by the President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is received by the President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, on Monday. (SPA)

The visit comes under the direction of King Salman, and Sheikh Mohamed expressed his thanks and appreciation to the crown prince for his sincere feelings toward the UAE and its people in their time of grief.

The crown prince departed for the Kingdom after paying his respects and Sheikh Mohamed saw him off at the airport.

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.