Flash floods in northern region kill 6

Updated 30 October 2015

Flash floods in northern region kill 6

JEDDAH: Six people were killed in heavy floods that hit the northern regions of the country on Tuesday, according to reports.
Among the dead were a mother and her two children, who drowned in Shuaib Valley, 10 km west of Tareef.
Maj. Fahad Al-Asmar, Northern Border Civil Defense spokesman, was quoted as saying in a local publication that the administration received a report at 11:25 p.m. about a missing family.
“Search teams and divers moved immediately to the site pointed out by the father, and found the car with his wife and two children dead inside,” said Al-Asmar.
Civil Defense teams are also searching for the bodies of two children swept out of their father’s car in another valley. The teams had rescued the father and two of his other children from his car, which had overturned several times because of the powerful floodwaters.
All Civil Defense teams and security agencies have been placed on alert in the region as heavy rain caused havoc on the roads and strong winds raised dust that reduced visibility on the roads.
Residents said they have not seen such heavy rainfall in over 30 years. Many people had gone out to picnic in the valleys to enjoy the rainfall despite warnings by the Civil Defense that there was a danger of flooding in these areas.
Abdullah Al-Jasser, Al-Qurayyat’s mayor, reportedly managed the flood preparations and fallout. The highway leading to Haditha in the west was closed because of the bad weather. Schools were also closed on the orders of Mohammad Al-Thubaiti, the region’s director of education.
Al-Jouf Civil Defense spokesman Lt. Atallah Al-Rouwaili said the region’s operations room received more than 50 reports of stranded individuals and vehicles.
Jamal Al-Oufaisan, director of Al-Qurayyat’s health department, said all hospitals have been placed on alert to treat people injured because of the bad weather.

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

King Salman chairs the virtual meeting. (SPA)
Updated 30 September 2020

Saudi Cabinet congratulates security forces for thwarting terror cell

  • King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day

RIYADH: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday congratulated the Presidency of State Security for its work in identifying and apprehending the suspected members of a terror cell in the Kingdom.

Some of those who were arrested allegedly trained at sites in Iran run by the country’s Revolutionary Guards. A cache of weapons and explosives was also seized.

Ministers expressed their appreciation for the efforts of the presidency’s employees in tracking down those who threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom and the safety of those who live there.

Majid Al-Qasabi, the acting minister of media, said that while reviewing the latest regional and international developments, cabinet members reiterated the Kingdom’s call during the recent International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference for the international community to adopt a firm stance on Iran, and take steps to address its violations of international agreements relating to its nuclear-research program. They also reaffirmed Saudi support for efforts, in partnership with the international community, to make the Middle East a nuclear weapon-free zone.

The virtual meeting was chaired by King Salman, who began by passing on his condolences and sympathy to the people of Kuwait and the family of its Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who died on Tuesday. He also congratulated the emir’s successor, Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

King Salman thanked international leaders and officials for their messages of congratulations to the Kingdom and its people on the occasion of its 90th National Day. He also briefed ministers on his recent telephone conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during which the two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and discussed opportunities to further develop them.

The cabinet commended the king for his speech during the UN’s 75th General Assembly in New York, during which he emphasized the his country’s continued commitment to assisting the international community in efforts to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and address its humanitarian and economic implications.

Ministers also noted that his speech reflected the Kingdom’s dedication to security, stability and prosperity as a strategic choice, its call for peaceful coexistence, moderation and solidarity among all countries and peoples to address humanitarian challenges, its support for political solutions to conflicts, and its efforts to combat extremism in all its forms.

Al-Qasabi said that the Cabinet welcomed the announcement by the Kingdom that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will take place as planned as scheduled on Nov. 21 and 22, albeit virtually as a result of the pandemic. Saudi Arabia hold the presidency of the G20 this year.

Ministers also expressed their appreciation for international efforts, led by G20 countries, that have resulted in the provision of more than $21 billion to support the production of diagnostic and therapeutic tools during the pandemic, and the development and distribution of vaccines. In addition, more than $11 trillion has been allocated to protect the global economy, and more than $14 billion to mitigate the debt burdens of less-developed countries and help fund their health services and social programs. The Cabinet also reviewed the latest local and international developments in the pandemic, along with preparations for the safe resumption of Umrah.

Ministers reiterated the Saudi call, during an emergency meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for Environmental Affairs, for urgent action to avoid an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea as a result of the deteriorating condition of the oil tanker Safer, which has been anchored off the coast of Yemen, near Ras Issa port, since 2015.

The Cabinet also expressed its concern over developments in the dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and urged both sides to agree a ceasefire and resolve the conflict peacefully in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.