Aoud Moustafa, 12, scores a goal in Zaizon refugee camp in Deraa, Syria.
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Issue No: 14849 ISSN (1320-0326 )
Saudi Riyal 2
TUESDAY 12.6. 18 RAMADAN 27 1439
Saudi Gazette report
Saudi women will be
recruited to work in Border Guard,
the Directorate General of the Bor-
der Guard has announced.
Registration and applications
will be received from June 24 to 30.
The directorate has set some
conditions for the recruitment.
Female applicants must be
born and raised in Saudi Arabia.
They cannot be government em-
ployees, nor have served in the
military field or terminated from
service. They should have a good
They must be holders of an in-
dependent national ID.
The directorate will only ac-
cept candidates who fall into a
specific height range (a minimum
of 160cm) for outdoor positions
and 155cm for other positions con-
sidering weight is proportionate to
Over 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018: UN
More than 920,000
people were displaced inside
Syria during the first four months
of 2018, the highest level in the
seven-year conflict, the UN said
“We are seeing a massive dis-
placement inside Syria... From
January to April, there were over
920,000 newly displaced people,”
Panos Moumtzis, the UN region-
al humanitarian coordinator for
Syria, told reporters in Geneva.
“This was the highest dis-
placement in that short period of
time we have seen since the con-
flict started,” he said.
The fresh displacement in-
side Syria brings the number of
people internally displaced in the
war-ravaged country to 6.2 mil-
lion, while there are still some 5.6
million Syrian refugees in neigh-
boring countries, according to
Moumtzis said most of the
newly displaced had been forced
on the move by escalations in
fighting in the former rebel bas-
tion of Eastern Ghouta and with-
in the northwestern province of
Idlib, which is almost entirely
controlled by various jihadist and
His comments came after
several deadly air strikes in re-
cent days in Idlib, that have left
dozens dead, including children.
He pointed out that Idlib is
part of the de-escalation agree-
ment for Syria reached between
Turkey, Russia and Iran, and
warned of the dire consequences
if the province, with its some 2.5
million inhabitants, sinks into
More than 350,000 people
have been killed in the Syrian
war since it started in 2011 with
the brutal repression of anti-gov-
But Moumtzis said “our wor-
ry is that with the Idlib situation,
we may not have seen the worst
of the crisis in Syria.”
He said the world must
“make sure that we don’t see a
similar scenario as we saw in
Eastern Ghouta,” which was
recaptured in April by the Syr-
ian government after a blistering
“We worry about seeing re-
ally 2.5 million people becoming
displaced more and more to-
wards the border of Turkey,” he
Following the Eastern Gh-
outa offensive, and the previous
offensive to retake Syria’s second
city Aleppo, rebels and civilians
were forcibly evacuated to Idlib.
But for the people of Idlib,
“there is no other Idlib to take
them out to,” Moumtzis pointed
“Really, this is the last loca-
tion. There is no other location
to further move them.”
At the same time, the mish-
mash of armed groups in the
province are increasingly fight-
ing amongst themselves.
“The current composition
makes (the situation) highly explo-
sive,” Moumtzis warned.
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wish our valued readers
a very happy Eid.
GCA launches support
schemes for film production
By Saleh Fareed
The General Author-
ity for Culture (GCA), represent-
ed by the Saudi Film Council, has
opened a series of educational
courses at leading universities
and institutes specializing in
filmmaking, such as the Univer-
sity of La Fémis, the University
of Goblins and the USC school of
The Saudi FilmCouncil (SFC)
is responsible for the promo-
tion and support of the film and
content industry in Saudi Arabia.
Through a series of development
initiatives, financial investments
and incentives and a curated pro-
gram of activities, SFC will sup-
port and promote Saudi cultural
creativity domestically, region-
ally and internationally.
SFC will harness and channel
the creative talent of the King-
dom to support the establish-
ment of a sustainable film and
content industry in Saudi Arabia
through strategic development
The facilitating role of SFC
will enable Saudis to explore and
promote their creativity and di-
versity both at home and abroad,
while growing the film industry
to positively impact socio-eco-
nomic growth in the country in
line with Vision 2030.
SFC’s remit includes devel-
oping Saudi talent through com-
prehensive training programs in
partnership with leading region-
al and international institutions
SFC also supports filmmak-
ers and content creators through
a range of funding solutions.
A Saudi boy plays football with a camel in a village south of the city of Tabuk. The eyes of the world will
turn to Russia this week for the four-yearly gathering of soccer’s superstars.
Leaders watch pilgrims at the Grand Mosque
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Ruler of
Dubai, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makhtoum watch from the window of Al-Safa Palace in Makkah
millions of Umrah pilgrims and visitors thronging the Grand Mosque on Sunday night. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait
offered $2.5 billion in aid for Jordan to ease its economic crisis. A four-nation summit in Makkah hosted by King Salman offered Amman a bailout
in the form of a deposit in the Jordanian central bank, World Bank guarantees as well as budgetary support over five years.
The US has of-
fered North Korea “unique” secu-
rity guarantees to try to persuade
it to give up its nuclear arsenal,
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
said Monday ahead of Tuesday’s
crucial summit in Singapore.
The talks were advancing
faster than expected but were
still ongoing with little more
than 12 hours to go before Kim
Jong Un sits down with Donald
Trump, Pompeo told reporters.
The meeting, long sought by
Pyongyang, will be the first ever
between a serving US president
and a North Korean leader, and
will focus on the nuclear bombs
and ballistic missiles the North
has spent decades developing.
The Trump administration
will only accept complete de-
nuclearization, Pompeo stressed.
In return, he said, Washing-
ton would offer “different and
unique” guarantees “to provide
them sufficient certainty that
they can be comfortable that de-
nuclearization is not something
that ends badly for them”.
He refused to go into details.
But the North has long sought
an end to the US military pres-
ence in the South, where Wash-
ington has around 28,000 troops
stationed to protect it from its
Pyongyang has demanded the
end of what it calls a “hostile pol-
icy” toward it, but in public has
only pledged to pursue the denu-
clearization of the Korean penin-
sula -- a euphemism open to wide
differences of interpretation.
Washington is eager to see if
the North’s pledges were “sincere”,
Pompeo said, adding: “The United
States has been fooled before.”
Verification would be key,
he went on, saying many deals
had been signed before only to
find “the North Koreans did not
promise what they said”.
Trump and Kim will first
meet one-on-one in a closed ses-
sion, before a larger meeting with
key advisers, US officials said.
A senior White House official
said Trump was “feeling good”
and that the summit was open-
ended, adding: “They will talk for
as long as they need to.”
Pompeo signaled there would
be more discussions to come,
adding that Tuesday’s meeting
“will set the framework for the
hard work that will follow. We
will see how far we get.”
In Seoul, President Moon
Jae-in had a 40-minute phone
call with Trump, after telling
key aides that it could take “one
year, two years or even longer
to completely resolve the issues
Tuesday’s summit is an ex-
traordinary turnaround from last
year, when Trump threatened the
North with “fire and fury” and
Kim dubbed him a “mentally de-
ranged US dotard”, sending fears
of conflict soaring.
Candidates must not be mar-
ried to non-Saudis.
They must be holders of a
high-school diploma or equivalent.
They must pass all stages and
procedures for admission and per-
sonal interview. The number of
certificates issued from outside the
Kingdom should be equivalent to
that of the Ministry of Education.
I just think it’s going to
work out very nicely.