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Aoud Moustafa, 12, scores a goal in Zaizon refugee camp in Deraa, Syria.

— Reuters

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Issue No: 14849 ISSN (1320-0326 )

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Saudi Riyal 2

TUESDAY 12.6. 18 RAMADAN 27 1439

Border Guard

begins recruiting

Saudi women

Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh —

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

reputation.

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

their height.

Over 920,000 displaced in Syria in 2018: UN

Geneva —

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

Monday.

“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

UN figures.

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

hardline rebels.

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

full-blown conflict.

More than 350,000 people

have been killed in the Syrian

war since it started in 2011 with

the brutal repression of anti-gov-

ernment protests.

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

two-month offensive.

“We worry about seeing re-

ally 2.5 million people becoming

displaced more and more to-

wards the border of Turkey,” he

said.

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

out.

“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.

—AFP

Eid

holidays

Saudi Gazette will

remain closed for Eid

holidays from June 12

to 18. So there will be

no print edition of the

newspaper during these

days.

The newspaper

management and staff

wish our valued readers

a very happy Eid.

Editor

GCA launches support

schemes for film production

By Saleh Fareed

Saudi Gazette

Riyadh —

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

cinematic arts.

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

and investment.

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

and entities.

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.

— Reuters

SOCCER

FEVER

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.

US offers

North Korea

‘unique’

guarantees

Singapore —

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

neighbor.

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

concerned”.

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.

— AFP

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.

Donald Trump

US President