Coalition denies bombing Sanaa heritage quarter

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Updated 14 June 2015

Coalition denies bombing Sanaa heritage quarter

JEDDAH: A citizen was killed and another injured when a shell fired from Yemen by Iran-backed Houthi rebels fell near a mosque at the Al-Attaya village in Samtah, Jazan, at 1.10 p.m. on Friday.
The incident happened when worshippers were coming out of the mosque after performing the congregational prayers, Maj. Yahya bin Abdullah Al-Qahtani, spokesman for the Civil Defense in Jazan, said, adding that the mosque was damaged.
Meanwhile, the Saudi-led coalition denied claims that it carried out a strike on the historic old quarter of Yemen's capital Sanaa on Friday.
“For sure we did not conduct any operation inside (the) city,” said Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, a consultant in the Defense Ministry, told AFP.
Al-Assiri’s comments came after claims that the coalition forces had carried out a bombing raid killing five people and destroying three houses in the UNESCO-listed heritage site.
In another development, a United Nations statement said that peace talks between the warring parties have been postponed to Monday from Sunday as one delegation is arriving late in Geneva.
Earlier, the world body announced that the UN special envoy would hold separate “proximity” talks with Yemen's two main warring parties in Geneva on Sunday, in the hope of bringing them to the same table eventually.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, one of the Yemeni delegations will now arrive in Geneva on Sunday evening, June 14. Therefore, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and his Special Envoy, Ismail Ould Chiekh Ahmed, will begin consultations with the Yemeni delegations on Monday morning,” said a UN statement issued in Geneva where the three-day talks are to be held.


Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

Updated 03 August 2020

Saudi Arabia reports 32 new COVID-19 deaths

  • There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Monday announced 1,258 new coronavirus cases and 32 new deaths from the disease.
The new cases reported in the Kingdom increase the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 280,093. 

The recent fatalities raise the Kingdom’s virus-related death toll to 2,949. 

According to the Ministry of Health, 89 of the newly recorded cases were in Riyadh, while there were 75 reported in Al-Hufoof and 65 in Dammam.

There have been a further 1,972 recoveries from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to 242,053.