Arab Coalition Refutes Houthi Allegations Regarding Saada Prison

Brigadier General Turki al-Malki, Asharq Al-Awsat
Brigadier General Turki al-Malki, Asharq Al-Awsat
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Arab Coalition Refutes Houthi Allegations Regarding Saada Prison

Brigadier General Turki al-Malki, Asharq Al-Awsat
Brigadier General Turki al-Malki, Asharq Al-Awsat

The Saudi-led Arab Coalition will meet on Tuesday with the UN and Red Cross to examine Houthi claims that it targeted a detention center in the Yemeni province of Saada with air strikes.

The Coalition clarified that it had officially invited both the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit it.

It also reaffirmed its commitment to the principles of international humanitarian law and its customary rules in military operations.

Earlier, Coalition spokesperson Brigadier General Turki al-Malki had confirmed that no prison was targeted in Saada and pointed out that the allegations spread by Houthis were misleading and aimed to chiefly garner the sympathy of UN organizations and international NGOs.

“The Coalition will inform the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yemen (OCHA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the facts and details,” said al-Malki.

There are four reported locations identified as prisons in the Joint Forces Command’s No Strike List (NSL) in Saada city. These are being used by the “terrorist Houthi militia,” to launch cross-border attacks to target civilians and civilian installations, SPA reported.

“The closest prison is located 1.8 kilometers away from the alleged location,” clarified al-Malki in the statement, adding that the reports shared by the Iran-backed Houthis are part of a “blatant attempt to mislead the public opinion regarding the true nature of the location in an attempt to garner sympathy from UN organizations and INGOs.”

An investigation launched by the Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) on the alleged targeted prison strike by the Coalition has revealed the location to be a “Special Security Camp in Saada, which is a legitimate military target.”



GCC, Central Asian States to Meet Monday to Boost Ties

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA
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GCC, Central Asian States to Meet Monday to Boost Ties

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA
Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi. SPA

Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Jasem Mohammed Albudaiwi announced that the second ministerial meeting of the Strategic Dialogue between the GCC countries and Central Asian states will be held on Monday in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The meeting will be chaired by Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrhman bin Jassim Al Thani, who is currently the president of the Ministerial Council, and Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Bakhtiyor Saidov.

Attending will be foreign ministers from GCC and Central Asian countries.

Albudaiwi stressed that the meeting confirms the desire of the two sides to boost relations, and their keenness to strengthen strategic dialogue and work to serve their common interests, in accordance with their shared values, interests, and historical ties, and with the Joint Action Plan for the period 2023-2027, they signed in September 2022.

According to Albudaiwi, discussions will focus on ways to enhance relations between the two sides, and regional and international developments.


45th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
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45th Saudi Relief Plane with Aid for Palestinians in Gaza Arrives in Egypt

The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)
The plane is carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip. (SPA)

The 45th Saudi relief plane, operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) in coordination with the Ministry of Defense, arrived at Al-Arish International Airport in Egypt on Friday carrying shelter items to be transported to the Palestinian people in Gaza Strip.

The assistance is in keeping with Saudi Arabia's historic role in supporting the brotherly Palestinian people in times of crisis.


Saudi FM Makes Phone Call to Algerian Counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
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Saudi FM Makes Phone Call to Algerian Counterpart

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah attends a press conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, August 17, 2023. (Reuters)

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, made a telephone call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad of Algeria, Ahmed Attaf.
During the call, they discussed the latest developments in the region.

Talks also focused on the situation in the Gaza Strip, its surroundings, and the efforts being exerted in this regard.


Saudi Arabia, US Discuss De-escalating Regional Tensions

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
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Saudi Arabia, US Discuss De-escalating Regional Tensions

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah. (AFP)

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah held telephone talks on Thursday with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the latest developments and means to ease regional tensions.

They discussed issues of common interest, namely the situation in Sudan and Gaza, and the importance of delivering more humanitarian aid to the Palestinian enclave.


Saudi Minister of Defense Receives Ministry's Senior Officials on Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
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Saudi Minister of Defense Receives Ministry's Senior Officials on Occasion of Eid al-Fitr

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)
Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz. (SPA)

Saudi Minister of Defense Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz received on Wednesday the ministry's senior officials, who came to congratulate him on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

Meeting at the Al Safa Palace in the holy city of Makkah, Prince Khalid conveyed the congratulations and greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Supreme Commander of All Military Forces, and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, on the occasion.

Prince Khalid appealed to God to safeguard the Kingdom, its leadership and people and for security, stability and prosperity to prevail under the wise leadership.


Emir of Kuwait, King of Bahrain Congratulate Saudi Crown Prince on Eid al-Fitr

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
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Emir of Kuwait, King of Bahrain Congratulate Saudi Crown Prince on Eid al-Fitr

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, meets with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in this file photo. (AFP)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, received on Wednesday a telephone call from Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

The leaders congratulated each other on the occasion, appealing to God Almighty to return it with goodness and blessings.

Crown Prince Mohammed also received a similar call of congratulations from Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.


Saudi Crown Prince Performs Eid al-Fitr Prayer in Makkah

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Saudi Crown Prince Performs Eid al-Fitr Prayer in Makkah

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performs the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, performed on Wednesday the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah.

After the prayer, he received several princes, religious scholars, ministers and senior officials, who congratulated him on the occasion of Eid.


Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Performs Eid Al-Fitr Prayer in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
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Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Performs Eid Al-Fitr Prayer in Jeddah

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performs the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. (SPA)

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud performed on Wednesday the Eid Al-Fitr prayer at the Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah.

He was joined by several princes and senior officials who took the opportunity to convey their congratulations and blessings to King Salman on the occasion.


20th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA
Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA
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20th Saudi Relief Plane Arrives in Poland to Deliver Aid to Ukrainians

Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA
Saudi aid continues to arrive in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border. SPA

The 20th Saudi relief flight operated by the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) arrived on Tuesday in Poland at Rzeszow Airport near the Ukrainian border.

It will cross the border into Ukraine, carrying 50 tons of relief aid, including electric appliances.

The aid reflects the Kingdom's unwavering commitment to supporting the needy people and those affected by crises and difficulties worldwide.


Saudi, Maltese Foreign Ministers Discuss Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
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Saudi, Maltese Foreign Ministers Discuss Gaza

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah
Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah

The Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, received a telephone call on Tuesday from his Maltese counterpart, Ian Borg.

During the call, they discussed the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and its neighboring areas and the efforts to reach peace and stability.