Shoura Council denounces UN allegations against Arab coalition in Yemen

Updated 06 June 2016

Shoura Council denounces UN allegations against Arab coalition in Yemen

RIYADH: The Shoura Council denounced Monday the contents of a report issued by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, accusing the Arab coalition to have committed human rights breaches against children in Yemen.
In a statement, read to reporters by Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Amro, the Shoura Council said such accusations by the UN based on unconfirmed information come at a time the UN has failed to enforce several resolutions issued against the Houthi coup and forces loyal to deposed President Ali Saleh in Yemen.
The Shoura Council called on the United Nations to reconsider and change its position and urged it to try to get information from official sources, either from the legitimate government, led by President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, or the Arab coalition command.
The statement also regrets the paralyzed situation of the United Nations that reflects its complete failure to obtain information from reliable sources and find the facts with professionalism and objectivity, noting that the situation in Yemen today undoubtedly shows that the side attacking and killing children, besieging the cities, starving the people and shelling the hospitals is that of Houthi militias who usurped power in the capital, Sanaa.
Finally, the Shoura Council reiterated its confidence in the Arab coalition command, appreciating their sacrifice to restore the legitimacy and salvage the oppressed people in Yemen and expressed support for the legitimate government of President Hadi to restore sovereignty and control over all parts of Yemen.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 24 January 2020

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.