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Issue No: 14935 ISSN (1320-0326 ) I Saudi Riyal 2


October 16, 2018 / Safar 7, 1440




Saudi Gazette


Saudi Gazette

Pepperell grinds

out two-shot

victory at British








Saudi Arabia


protect itself












Justice Min

unveils new










Tensions mount

after India’s

top court

revokes ban

on women’s

temple entry

Crown Prince receives Russian president’s special envoy to Syria

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, received in Riyadh

on Monday Russian president’s special envoy to Syria Alexander Lavrentiev and his accompanying

delegation. They reviewed bilateral relations and the latest developments in Syria.


Houthis recruit 23,000 children, deprive over 4m of education

Aden —

The Houthi militias’

military recruitment of children

has increased after many of their

members were killed and many

others refuse to fight on behalf

of Iran.

The Houthis have so far re-

cruited more than 23,000 children

in a stark violation of interna-

tional agreements and laws that

protect children’s rights. Of those,

2,500 children have been recruit-

ed since the beginning of 2018.

The children are trained to

use light, medium and heavy

weapons and then deployed on


The Houthis thus deprive

them of education after pressur-

ing their parents and guardians

to send the children to battle-


The Houthi militias have also

pushed more than two million

children to work as a result of war.

More than 4.5 million chil-

dren have been deprived of edu-

cation. In the past two years 1.6

million children could not enroll

in schools.

The Houthis have also shelled

and partially or completely de-

stroyed 2,372 schools and used

more than 1,500 other schools as

prisons and military barracks.

The King Salman Humani-

tarian Aid and Relief Center

has rehabilitated several Yemeni

children who were recruited by

the Houthis and involved in the


The center is working with

the Yemeni Wethaq Foundation

for Civil Orientation to imple-

ment a program being carried

out by a team of doctors, psy-

chologists, social workers and

educators to help the children


According to Wethaq, 161

children have been rehabilitated

so far.

— Agencies

The children

are trained

to use light,


and heavy


and then

deployed on


— File photo

Saudi oil output expected

to rise next month: Falih


The Kingdom

expects its oil production to rise

next month from the current 10.7

million barrels per day, Saudi En-

ergy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said.

While there are many factors

that could influence global oil

prices, Saudi Arabia and other

major producers will continue to

act to cushion the market from

oil price shocks, Falih said at the

IHS CERA conference.

“We could have another

(round of) unanticipated disrup-

tions that we have seen in Nige-

ria, Libya and Venezuela. And

we have seen sanctions on Iran.

These supply disruptions need a

shock absorber and the shock ab-

sorber to a large extent has been

Saudi Arabia,” he said.

“We have invested tens of bil-

lions of dollars to build spare ca-

pacity of 2-3 million barrels per

day over years. That is equivalent

to the production capacity of ma-

jor producers.”

Saudi Arabia has the capac-

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-

Falih addresses the gathering

during India Energy Forum in New

Delhi on Monday.

— Reuters

Saudi stocks


above 7500


Muhammad Abdullah

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

Dammam —

Saudi stocks made

a strong comeback on Monday.

The Tadawul All-Shares In-

dex (TASI) surged 4.04 percent

at close.

It closed at 7568 points amid

active trading with a total value

of about SR6.3 billion to compen-

sate for all losses on Sunday.

All the sectors in the market

ended higher while 183 out of 185

listed firms made gains. The in-

dex is now 4.6 percent up on the


Market analysts said the

sharp decline in the general in-

dex during the opening session

on Sunday was linked to the de-

cline in the closing session on

Thursday last.

Support for Kingdom grows

Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh —

More and more

countries are coming out in sup-

port of the Kingdom, rejecting

the malicious media campaign

against Saudi Arabia with regard

to the disappearance of Saudi

journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Is-


A statement issued by the

Kuwaiti Cabinet on Monday said

Kuwait rejects all the accusations

and unlawful campaigns target-

ing Saudi Arabia.

Deputy Prime Minister and

Minister of State for Cabinet Af-

fairs Anas Al-Saleh said it was

important to wait for the results

of investigations.

The Center for Islamic Call

for Latin America and the Carib-

bean expressed its condemnation

of the campaign against Saudi


“The center has followed the

blunt campaign against Saudi

Arabia in a cheap attempt to

discredit its reputation, spread

rumors and jump to conclusions

based on no facts,” the head of

the Center for Islamic Call for

Latin America and the Caribbean

Ahmed Bin Ali Al-Saifi said in a

press release.

“We strongly denounce this

campaign and we stand with Saudi

Arabia in the face of these rumors

and campaigns targeting it,” he

said, rejecting the threat of imposi-

tion of sanctions on Saudi Arabia

or directing threats against it.

In Cairo, spokesman of

Egypt’s Ministry of Foreign Af-

fairs Ahmed Hafez warned

against exploiting this issue po-

litically against Saudi Arabia on

arbitrary charges.

He affirmed Egypt’s support

for the Kingdom in its efforts and

positions to deal with this event.

The Union of the Comoros

also affirmed its full solidarity

with Saudi Arabia against those

who seek to undermine its policy,

position, and regional and inter-

national status.

A statement issued by the

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and

International Cooperation in the

Comoros said the government of

the Comoros is following with

concern the repercussions of the

disappearance of Khashoggi in

Turkey and frenzied media cam-


It stressed the need to uncover

the truth through a comprehensive

and transparent investigation.

Saudi citizens leave Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on Monday.

— Reuters

Media campaign on journalist’s disappearance rejected as biased

ity to produce 12 million bpd and

is currently producing 10.7 mil-

lion bpd, Falih said, adding that

production will rise further next


State oil company Saudi Ar-

amco plans to supply Indian buy-

ers with an additional 4 million

barrels of crude oil in November,

several sources familiar with the

matter said last week.


Volume of logistics services

to reach SR70bn by 2020

Saudi Gazette report


The volume of lo-

gistics services is expected to

reach SR70 billion by 2020, Min-

ister of Transport Dr. Nabeel Al-

Amoudi said in his speech dur-

ing the inauguration of the 2nd

Conference for Supply Chains

and Logistics Services here on


At present the volume of such

services exceeded SR65 billion.

Al-Amoudi lauded the ef-

forts of the Customs personnel,

General Authority for Ports and

Saudi Company for Exchange of

Electronic Data (Tabadul) re-

sulting in launching the “Faseh”

(Clearance) platform.

This has contributed in re-

ducing customs clearance time in

seaports to 24 hours only, cutting

paperwork in import and export op-

erations by over 80 percent, he said.

Al-Amoudi highlighted the

generous support by the Saudi

leadership to develop all sectors

in the Kingdom.

He said the railway net-

work has reached 4,500 km and

the road network has exceeded

68,000 km.

Saudi Arabia now has 27 air-

ports, six of which are interna-

tional airports.

It has 10 commercial and in-

dustrial seaports on the Arabian

Gulf and the Red Sea.

Over 34,000 citizens benefit from

10th batch of My House program

By Muhammad Saud

Okaz/Saudi Gazette


More than 34,000

Saudi citizens benefited from

the 10th batch of housing and

financing options offered by

the “My House” (Sakani) pro-


The objective of the “My

House” program launched by

the Ministry of Housing and

the Real Estate Development

Fund (REDF) is to provide

300,000 housing and financing

options in all regions of the


The 10th batch comprised

8,300 real estate loans, 11,705

housing units under construc-

tion in partnership with real

estate developers, 11,928 free

of charge residential plots of

land and 2,600 options for

the purchase of ready housing

units from the market.

According to the 10th batch

data, 11,705 housing units under

construction have been allocat-

ed to citizens in Makkah region.

Of these, 9,000 housing

units will be on land owned by

the private sector.

The other project will be

on land owned by the Housing

Ministry in northern Jeddah.

The first phase of this project

is to develop 2000 housing


Housing and financing options offered by the 10th batch of the “My House” (Sakani) program being

announced at a press conference in Riyadh on Monday.