KSA highlights its resolute campaign against terror

Updated 17 October 2015

KSA highlights its resolute campaign against terror

GENEVA: The Kingdom has been a victim of terrorism despite its fight against the menace at local and regional levels, a senior Saudi official told a global forum in Geneva.
Saudi Arabia has suffered 124 terror attacks since 2003 leading to the deaths of 100 Saudis and residents, Ahmad bin Mohammad Al-Salim, undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior, said.
Seventy-one security personnel lost their lives while 407 were injured during these attacks, he said, adding that Saudi security forces killed 176 terrorists and foiled 250 terror attacks.
The official was speaking at the 17th International Summit on Transnational Crime and Homeland and Global Security Forum in Crans Montana,
He also said the Kingdom, as part of its commitment and efforts to root out terrorism, had enacted a number of laws and taken strict measures to counter this menace and block its financing. It has also formed a committee to fight terrorism, he said.
The Kingdom has taken part in endorsing 14 UN resolutions against terrorism and its financing. It had organized an international conference on terrorism which led to the establishment of a global center under the aegis of UN in New York to fight this scourge. The Kingdom also provided financial support of $110 million, he said.
Saudi Arabia is one of the founding members of the Global Forum for Combating Terrorism, Ahmad Al-Salim said.


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.