UN report based on Houthi version: KSA

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri. (SPA)
Updated 05 June 2016

UN report based on Houthi version: KSA

JEDDAH: The Kingdom has denounced the UN report which included the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on the blacklist of child rights violators.

“The coalition has sought to protect the Yemeni people, including children, from the Houthi militias,” said Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, spokesman for the coalition, during an interview with Al-Arabiya TV.
“Coalition actions have been authorized by the legitimate government recognized internationally by UN Resolution 2016.”
On the inclusion of the coalition in the UN report along with the Houthi militias, Al-Assiri said: “It is unfortunate that the report equates international legitimacy and the legitimacy of the government with the terrorist militias which are the main reason for Yemen’s instability and chaos. The UN should support the legitimacy of the Yemeni government and should not rely on information from sources close to the Houthi militias.”
According to Al-Assiri, the coalition has, since the very beginning of operations, tried to deal positively with all UN institutions and organizations in order to develop programs aimed at protecting Yemenis, including children.
“The UN report, unfortunately, did not include statistics provided by the legitimate Yemeni government. The UN report did not take into account details of how the Houthi militias used child soldiers and how many children were killed by land mines and from transporting caches of explosives.”
The report is not balanced and is not based on facts, he said. “It does not help the Yemeni people and its inaccuracies mislead public opinion,” he said. “The report is principally based on information provided by the Houthi militias and the ousted leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh.”
He said the report contradicted the UN resolution which declared revolutions and revolutionaries unlawful.
Al-Assiri said that because of the release of this negative report, the ongoing consultations in Kuwait were weakened and that the coalition’s positive efforts were diminished.
He also denounced the report for ignoring Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and said that either deliberately or unintentionally, the efforts of the coalition in eliminating Al-Qaeda in Yemen and liberating the country and restoring life there was ignored.


On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. (Supplied)
Updated 30 November 2020

On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

  • Saudi Arabia’s female population is enjoying the new wave of opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle

RIYADH: As sports and other activities continue to gain popularity in Saudi Arabia, residents are seeking out exciting ways to get moving.
The Kingdom’s female population are enjoying the new wave of opportunities that have been made available to them in recent years to live a healthy lifestyle.
Hiking, outdoor yoga and football are all popular choices, but one less familiar pastime on the increase is cycling.
Events such as the annual Saudi Tour and the General Sports Authority’s highly successful all-women’s cycling race in Jeddah in 2018 have fostered a growing interest in the sport.
Studies have shown that cycling improves overall health, more specifically improving mental health, strengthening the immune system, promoting weight loss, reducing heart disease and cancer and more.
Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists. The group offers lessons that can help any beginner ride a bike safely. (Supplied)

A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.
Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. Shahd Alturki, Doves Ride’s founder and a professional cycling trainer, spoke to Arab News about why she set up the team.

HIGHLIGHTS

• A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.

• Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally.

• Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

“I founded Doves Ride to create an environment for women and families where they could get into sports,” Alturki said.
Based in Riyadh, Doves Ride’s goal is to create an environment where Saudis can discover what biking is like and meet others with similar interests.
“The idea was to create a team that would motivate Saudi society to start biking, and to raise awareness in general about sport and movement. We also wanted to help teach Saudis to cycle by creating a program to teach people in all categories,” she said.
Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists.
“We welcome participants at any level, whether they are looking for a long-term membership or just to try it out,” said Alturki.
She also spoke about the benefits of the sport and hopes to encourage people to try it out for themselves.
“Biking is more than just a fun sport; it raises your fitness levels and can also boost your mental health,” she said.
For the more hesitant, Alturki reassures them that she is well-equipped to train them and get them on the path to biking like a pro.
“We have bike-riding lessons for zero-experience learners, licensed by the British Cycling Federation. Children, men and women are all welcome to take them. These lessons can help any beginner ride a bike safely, and teaches them all the necessary skills and basics,” she said.
Doves Ride can be contacted via their Twitter or Instagram accounts, @dovesride.