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KINGDOM

WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL 2017,

SAUDI GAZETTE

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We are witnessing

the starving and the

crippling of an entire

generation. We must act

now to save lives.

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General

The exercise included

different forms of drills

in combating terrorism,

protecting VIPs, and

fighting in built-up areas

as well as in open and

mountainous regions.

The mining industry is one of the most promising industries in the Kingdom.

There are plans to develop gold centers in the central and northern areas

of the Arabian Shield in the Kingdom.

Kingdom

donates

$150m at

Yemen aid

conference

GENEVA —

Saudi Arabia

pledged $150 million at a Yemen

aid summit here on Tuesday.

The Kingdom’s delegation to

the summit was headed by Advis-

er at the Royal Court and General

Supervisor of King Salman Cen-

ter for Relief and Humanitarian

Aid Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabiah.

The UN is seeking $2.1 bil-

lion for Yemen this year as it has

received only 15 percent toward

that appeal.

Nearly 19 million people or

two-thirds of the population

need emergency aid, UN Secre-

tary-General Antonio Guterres

said as he opened the donor con-

ference.

“We are witnessing the starv-

ing and the crippling of an entire

generation. We must act now to

save lives,” he added.

“All infrastructure must re-

main open and operational.”

Besides Saudi Arabia, other

pledges announced at the confer-

ence included $100 million from

Kuwait, 50 million euros ($54.39

million) from Germany and $94

million from the United States.

The World Food Program

(WFP) has committed $1 billion

to Yemen and reached a record

5 million people last month with

rations but needs to scale up de-

liveries to reach 9 million who

are deemed “severely food inse-

cure,” its regional director Mu-

hannad Hadi said in an interview.

They include some 3 million

malnourished children.

Some 17 million of Yemen’s

26 million people lack sufficient

food and at least three million

malnourished children are in

“grave peril,” Stephen O›Brien,

UN Emergency Relief Coordina-

tor said.

“This is rapidly becoming the

world’s worst humanitarian di-

saster,” he said.

A boy looks on as he sits next to a hut at a camp for people displaced by

the war in Yemen caused by Houthi rebels and militias loyal to ousted

president Ali Abdullah Saleh.

— Reuters

The United Nations’ humani-

tarian aid coordination agency,

OCHA, says some 18.8 million

people need humanitarian or

protection assistance in Yemen.

“Without further action from

parties to the conflict and the in-

ternational community, Yemen

is at a serious risk of plunging

into famine — with even more

children›s lives hanging in the

balance,” said Geert Cappelaere,

UNICEF›s director for Mideast

and North Africa.

Since 2015, about 3.3 million

people have been forced to flee

their homes, though nearly 1.3

million of the displaced have re-

turned to their home regions, ac-

cording to the UN’s International

Organization for Migration. The

IOM is seeking $76.3 million in

the overall relief appeal.

IOM said Tuesday that it has

the highest coverage of any UN

organization in Yemen, withmore

than 600 staffers involved in op-

erations in 20 of the country›s 22

governorates.

— Agencies

KSA’s biggest gold mine launched

Saudi Gazette report

MAKKAH —

Emir of Makkah

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inau-

gurated Al-Duwaihi Gold Mine

and Factory and the Mining In-

frastructure Projects in Makkah

region.

Al-Duwaihi gold mine, the

biggest gold mine in the King-

dom, is owned and operated by

the Saudi Arabian Mining Com-

pany (Maaden).

The gold mine is located in

an area known geologically as

the center of the Arabian Shield

in the western region.

The ceremony opened with

the pouring of liquid gold into a

mold.

The ceremony also included

projects related to the infrastruc-

ture of the mining industry in

Makkah region.

Prince

Khaled

Al-Faisal

praised the efforts of the Minis-

try of Energy, Industry and Min-

eral Resources.

Adviser at the Ministry of

Energy, Industry and Mineral Re-

sources Prince Faisal Bin Turki

Bin Abdulaziz thanked Prince

Khaled for his support and at-

tending the launching ceremony

of Al-Duwaihi Gold Mine and

Factory.

The mining industry is one

of the most promising industries

in the Kingdom. There are plans

to develop gold centers in the

central and northern areas of the

Arabian Shield in the Kingdom.

According to the Fourth Five

Year Plan, gold had been discov-

ered at some 600 sites around the

Kingdom and a total of 29 pros-

pects have been drilled.

The Mahad Al-Dhabab (the

Cradle of Gold) gold mine was

Emir of Makkah Prince Khaled Al-Faisal looks at a block of gold ore after launching Al-Duwaihi Gold Mine and

Factory in Makkah.

— SPA

re-opened with the intention of

developing a high-grade under-

ground gold mine with a capacity

of 400 tons of ore per day. This

venture encouraged further ex-

ploration for gold elsewhere in

the Kingdom.

All known gold deposits in

the Kingdom are located in the

Pre-Cambrian rocks of the Arabi-

an Shield which lies in the west-

ern region of Saudi Arabia.

King Salman receives Spain’s former king

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman received at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday Spain’s former king Juan Carlos. King Salman

held a luncheon banquet in honor of the visiting dignitary.

— SPA

Special Security Forces display combat preparedness

RIYADH —

The Second Special

Security Forces in Makkah re-

gion demonstrated their combat

preparedness with the display of

their sills in the fourth tactical

exercise held in the presence of

high ranking officials.

Maj. Gen. Mofleh Al-Otaibi,

commander of the Special Secu-

rity Forces, Maj. Gen. Fahd Al-

Osaimi, commander of the Sec-

ond Special Security Forces, and

several other senior officials wit-

nessed various drills performed

by the forces during the exercise

titled “Preparedness of security

men in carrying out missions.”

Al-Otaibi also launched the

15-kilometer marathon con-

ducted with the objective of im-

proving the fitness of the Special

Forces personnel by boosting

their endurance and prepared-

ness in carrying out their mis-

sions in different situations.

Special Security Forces in Makkah region participate in the fourth tactical exercise.

— SPA

The exercise included differ-

ent forms of drills in combating

terrorism, protecting VIPs, and

fighting in built-up areas as well

as in open and mountainous re-

gions.

Armed security personnel,

together with aviation security

forces, took part in rehearsals

of arresting wanted terrorists in

fortified buildings in residential

districts and sanitizing the area

of such elements, as well as in

successfully handling a situation

arising out of terrorists holed up

in farms.

A number of drills to protect

VIPs as well as vital installations

were also performed.

The drills also covered ways

to repel and deal with a terror at-

tack.

It also displayed the extraor-

dinary skills of sniper wings, as

well as shooting from helicopters

and tactical shooting applica-

tions, rope skills, descent from

high altitude etc.

— SG