911 unified security operations center helps protect pilgrims

Author: 
Mohammed Al-Sulami
Wed, 2016-12-28
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JEDDAH: Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Makkah governor, said that the 911 unified security operations center in the Makkah region is considered a qualitative security leap, not only in Makkah, but also in the Kingdom as a whole.
He added that the center will have a major impact, particularly during the Haj season, as it will be able to protect the security of the pilgrims and provide them with better services.
Upon his visit to the center Monday morning, Prince Al-Faisal expressed appreciation and pride of the “colleagues at the Interior Ministry, particularly in this center as it will be dealing with Haj and Umrah pilgrims all year long.”
Al-Faisal expressed his congratulations and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for the Kingdom’s developments in all sectors.
“I salute my leader, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, for the comprehensive developments the Kingdom has witnessed since its establishment, including the security sector,” he said adding that the Ministry of Interior is witnessing a major development under the leadership of the Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif.
Al-Faisal added that the Interior Ministry and Prince Mohammed bin Naif became role models for the world in combating terrorism and in different security fields. “I’m very glad to see this security project that developed from an idea to transfer services from Mina to outside to be a unified national center for security operations.”
Al-Faisal congratulated the Saudi citizens, wherever they are, and told them that “this country was and is still a pioneer in all fields, particularly in security.”
Prince Al-Faisal was given a tour of the center and he listened to a full briefing by the head of the national center, Abdul Rahman Al-Saleh, on the center’s initiatives including the latest technologies, and its role in crises and disasters.

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SPA trains 44 journalists on first aid during emergencies

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Arab News
Wed, 2016-12-28
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1482877701685834400

RIYADH: Forty-four journalists of the Saudi Press Agency and various media in the Kingdom have conducted training experiences during the “first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course for reporters” that was organized by SPA on Sunday in collaboration with King Saud University/Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, at its headquarters in Riyadh.
This event comes to help journalists learn the best medical means to save any human casualty they might see during their press duties, especially in dangerous places.
The course has provided journalists and reporters with general and specialized skills according to practical scenarios prepared by SPA with the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center to learn how to perform first aid when exposed to sudden medical emergencies that necessitate rapid human intervention, in addition to explaining the kinds of injuries that people could experience in public places inside cities, or in dangerous places that require the existence of journalists to cover events.
Participants in the course carried out simulations on the recovery of the heart and lungs after a sudden stop which leads to lack of oxygen to the brain and the loss of consciousness, so as to save the injured until the ambulance squad arrives.
They also were trained on the use of a defibrillator and how to do compressions on the chest, in addition to artificial respiration for adults and children.
They also performed practical scenarios on how to save those who have difficulty in breathing, according to scientific steps that could help the injured.
The participants were trained on how to use an epinephrine auto-injector, a medical device used to give a dose (or doses) of epinephrine (known as adrenaline) using auto-injector technology which is widely used in the treatment of allergic reactions to avoid acute anaphylactic shock.
President of Saudi Press Agency, Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein said: “This session comes within the framework of agreements of cooperation between the Saudi Press Agency and the University of King Saud for the exchange of experiences between the two sides in all fields, as well as to enhance the overall concept of cooperation between the various sectors of the state in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.”
Al-Hussein stressed that the Saudi Press Agency will always hold such events and others based on its social responsibility.

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SPA trains 44 journalists on first aid during emergencies

Author: 
Arab News
Wed, 2016-12-28
ID: 
1482877701685834400

RIYADH: Forty-four journalists of the Saudi Press Agency and various media in the Kingdom have conducted training experiences during the “first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course for reporters” that was organized by SPA on Sunday in collaboration with King Saud University/Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, at its headquarters in Riyadh.
This event comes to help journalists learn the best medical means to save any human casualty they might see during their press duties, especially in dangerous places.
The course has provided journalists and reporters with general and specialized skills according to practical scenarios prepared by SPA with the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center to learn how to perform first aid when exposed to sudden medical emergencies that necessitate rapid human intervention, in addition to explaining the kinds of injuries that people could experience in public places inside cities, or in dangerous places that require the existence of journalists to cover events.
Participants in the course carried out simulations on the recovery of the heart and lungs after a sudden stop which leads to lack of oxygen to the brain and the loss of consciousness, so as to save the injured until the ambulance squad arrives.
They also were trained on the use of a defibrillator and how to do compressions on the chest, in addition to artificial respiration for adults and children.
They also performed practical scenarios on how to save those who have difficulty in breathing, according to scientific steps that could help the injured.
The participants were trained on how to use an epinephrine auto-injector, a medical device used to give a dose (or doses) of epinephrine (known as adrenaline) using auto-injector technology which is widely used in the treatment of allergic reactions to avoid acute anaphylactic shock.
President of Saudi Press Agency, Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein said: “This session comes within the framework of agreements of cooperation between the Saudi Press Agency and the University of King Saud for the exchange of experiences between the two sides in all fields, as well as to enhance the overall concept of cooperation between the various sectors of the state in line with the Saudi Vision 2030.”
Al-Hussein stressed that the Saudi Press Agency will always hold such events and others based on its social responsibility.

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Al-Amr: Nebras is a pioneer in anti-drug efforts

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Arab News
Wed, 2016-12-28
ID: 
1482877701665834100

RIYADH: Civil Defense Director General Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Amr said Tuesday that the youth should be aware of the fact that the country is targeted, and be wary about anybody who attempts to mess with the security of the homeland and push young people to drug addiction.
Speaking at an awareness-raising lecture at the Civil Defense headquarters, in the presence of the secretary-general of the national committee to combat drugs, Al-Amr praised the National Project for the Prevention of Narcotics (Nebras), saying that it is a pioneer national project that works to combat all attempts to target the young generations.
He also commended efforts to raise awareness to the problem of drugs and their negative repercussions on individuals, family and society.
Secretary-General of (Nebras), Abdul Ilah bin Mohammed Al-Sharif, praised the efforts to combat drugs by authorities that are implementing the leadership’s directives, pointing out that the Kingdom is facing a drug war on its youth.
Al-Sharif added that the great efforts exerted by the security forces, especially the Civil Defense personnel, help save lives.
During the event different seminars were also held, including one on Nebras as a national project that works to create awareness among the youth, lower the number of crimes and support NGOs that strive to create a drug-free environment.
The project also provides several services, including the 1955 toll-free number, to ease communication with the community.

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Al-Amr: Nebras is a pioneer in anti-drug efforts

Author: 
Arab News
Wed, 2016-12-28
ID: 
1482877701665834100

RIYADH: Civil Defense Director General Sulaiman bin Abdullah Al-Amr said Tuesday that the youth should be aware of the fact that the country is targeted, and be wary about anybody who attempts to mess with the security of the homeland and push young people to drug addiction.
Speaking at an awareness-raising lecture at the Civil Defense headquarters, in the presence of the secretary-general of the national committee to combat drugs, Al-Amr praised the National Project for the Prevention of Narcotics (Nebras), saying that it is a pioneer national project that works to combat all attempts to target the young generations.
He also commended efforts to raise awareness to the problem of drugs and their negative repercussions on individuals, family and society.
Secretary-General of (Nebras), Abdul Ilah bin Mohammed Al-Sharif, praised the efforts to combat drugs by authorities that are implementing the leadership’s directives, pointing out that the Kingdom is facing a drug war on its youth.
Al-Sharif added that the great efforts exerted by the security forces, especially the Civil Defense personnel, help save lives.
During the event different seminars were also held, including one on Nebras as a national project that works to create awareness among the youth, lower the number of crimes and support NGOs that strive to create a drug-free environment.
The project also provides several services, including the 1955 toll-free number, to ease communication with the community.

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Kingdom launches fundraising drive for war-hit Syrians

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Arab News
Tue, 2016-12-27
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia launched on Monday a kingdom-wide fundraising campaign for people displaced by the civil war in Syria, including those evacuated from eastern Aleppo.
More than 11 million Syrians — around half of the population — have been displaced by the fighting, which began in 2011 and has killed more than 300,000 people.
Thousands of Syrian fighters and civilians have been evacuated from eastern Aleppo in a week-long operation this month after government forces backed by Russia and Iran closed in on their stronghold. Many of them are staying in temporary shelters in freezing temperatures.
A Royal Court statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ordered a relief campaign to be started today and had allocated 100 million riyals ($27 million) to the drive.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, has ordered a popular campaign to be launched … to provide relief for the brotherly Syrian people,” SPA said.
The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works (KSRelief) will coordinate with pertinent authorities the provision of aid items, such as foodstuff, drugs and shelters and will receive the injured for treatment, furnish camps and help delivery of complete wintertime aid packages, SPA said.
King Salman donated SR20 million for the campaign, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif donated SR10 million, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman donated SR8 million.
Saudi Arabia is one of the biggest donors to United Nations relief campaigns for Syria, including at fundraising meetings in Kuwait and elsewhere. The Kingdom has also a continuing relief aid program for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and even inside Syria.
— With Reuters

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Riyadh: No place in Iraq for sectarian militias

Author: 
Rashid Hassan
Tue, 2016-12-27
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1482796428409834700

RIYADH: There is no place for armed sectarian forces in Iraq, Saudi Arabia reiterated on Monday.
The Popular Mobilization Forces in Iraq is a sectarian group led by Iranian officers, headed by Qassim Suleimani, said Saudi Foreign minister Adel Al-Jubeir, following a high-level meeting with his Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh.
The talks focused on security issues and terrorism.
Al-Jubeir emphasized the importance of supporting the unity, stability, and Arab identity of Iraq.
He said: “With regard to the Popular (Mobilization) Forces … if we want Iraq to be unified and to see equality between different Iraqi groups, there is no place for armed sectarian forces.”
Al-Jubeir pointed out that a coordination council between Riyadh and Amman has been working on protecting joint interests in the fields of security, namely combating terrorism and smuggling, and political coordination regarding the peace process in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
His remarks came during a press conference held on Monday with Judeh, who is also Jordan’s deputy premier.
“We are keen to carry out any anti-terror operation across the Iraqi border,” Al-Jubeir said.
Al-Jubeir said both countries intend to boost established coordination and ties, which aim to strengthen work within an institutional framework and ensure ongoing coordination and communication.
He said he looks forward to the success of the Arab summit due to be held in Jordan next March.
Judeh said he had delivered an invitation to King Salman from King Abdallah of Jordan to attend the summit.
Judeh said that all Jordanians and people in the wider Arab world are looking forward to the success of the summit. He added that preparations for it are in full swing.
“The attacks that occurred in Jordan last week saw the Jordanian people standing together against terrorism and in coalition with security authorities. With their help, we were thankfully able to avoid potentially more challenging issues,” Judeh said.
He said: “Terrorism has no place in our world, and terrorists are present, but with our firmness, perseverance and coordination, God willing, we will eliminate all those who aim to harm our countries, people, security, and who aim to destroy the image of our peaceful religion.”
Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia and Jordan “have both suffered from terrorism, most recently from the incident in Karak, and Saudi Arabia has expressed its support for its brothers in Jordan and efforts in the country to fight such issues.”

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73 Saudis held abroad on terror charges

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ARAB NEWS
Tue, 2016-12-27
ID: 
1482795920449806500

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Interior said that 73 Saudis are currently detained outside the Kingdom on charges related to terrorism, while the number of Saudis who joined terrorist organizations and involved in fighting abroad has reached 2,093.
Syria topped the list of areas of conflict in terms of Saudis fighting there, with over 70 percent of the total number of Saudis fighting in conflict zones. The nations most favored by Saudi fighters after Syria are Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said the number of Saudis in conflict regions currently is 2,093. They have joined terrorist organizations in various areas of clashes and conflicts. “We have confirmations on the locations of the majority of them,” he added.
Al-Turki said that there are 1,540 Saudis who have joined terrorist organizations in the Syrian conflict zones, while the number of Saudis joining terrorist organizations in Yemen is 147. In Afghanistan and Pakistan there are 31 Saudis fighting. Five Saudis are fighting in Iraq.
“We have no information about the whereabouts of another 297 Saudis. But we have confirmation that there are 73 Saudi detainees outside the Kingdom, arrested on charges related to terrorism,” he said. The number of Saudis sympathizing with Daesh, which announced its existence in June 2014, significantly declined, confirming the earlier statements by Abdul Monem Al-Mashouh, the president of the Sakinah campaign, run under the auspices of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, who said that Saudis who joined Daesh are not influential.
The terrorist organization that emerged from the most extreme groups, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, which was formed by Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi in 2004, lost many Saudi sympathizers after the militants used them as a media front to attract more young people from Arabic and Islamic countries.
The terrorist organization thrust young Saudis in its suicide operations at the beginning of its formation, but the Saudi Ministry of Interior recently said the number of Saudi suicide bombers in conflict zones is declining.

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Islamic unity a must to fight terrorism, says Turkish deputy premier

Author: 
FOUZIA KHAN
Tue, 2016-12-27
ID: 
1482795920369805900

JEDDAH: Numan Kurtulmus, deputy prime minister of Turkey, said in an interview with Arab News that unity in the Muslim world is important, and that Turkey is fighting terrorist organizations with the help of international networks.
Kurtulmus, who is on a visit to the Kingdom, met with Adel Al-Toraifi, minister of culture and information, and discussed ways to fight terrorism and Islamophobia.
The deputy prime minister said Turkey and Islamic countries are fighting terrorism on different fronts and “we hope that together we will stop the activities of these terrorist organizations.”
He said the media have a central role to play in the global fight against these organizations, using a standard language, and not the language of imperialists who try to divide Ummah according to different orientations and segments. “We should not use such terms as ‘Kurdish militants’ or ‘Shia militants’ to identify these groups in the media, but call them by the name of their organizations. This will create sensitivity of the people against these organizations, rather than tension between sects or ethnic groups, or divide the Muslim Ummah,” he said.
“We have enough communities, a common agenda, the same past, same Islamic traditions and civilization, and the same future. We should fight terrorism together,” Kurtulmus added.
He said the decisions taken by the 11th session of the Islamic conference of information ministers should be implemented. “We need strong cooperation among Muslim countries. We have enough resources, enough power and intelligence, power of young generations; we have to improve the standard of media and use a common language in the fight against terrorism,” he explained.
Kurtulmus said Turkey has been the target of major attacks by terrorist organizations PKK and Daesh starting in July 2015. “We are trying to unite Turkish nationals from all segments of society against terrorist organizations. Social physiology is very high to fight against terrorist organizations. Security forces, Turkish police and the armed forces are striving hard to stop all terrorist activities,” he said.
The deputy prime minister said Turkey is trying to democratize the system, increase civilian activities, have voices on the National Security Council to keep democracy vibrant in the country and establish unity among all the segments of society to fight against terrorism and terrorist organizations.

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General Authority for Entertainment chief seeks citizen participation

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ARAB NEWS
Tue, 2016-12-27
ID: 
1482795920439806200

RIYADH: Spelling out the objective of the General Authority for Entertainment, its chairman Ahmed Al-Khatib said the organization has been created to boost citizen’s participation in the development of its strategy and building strategic partnerships with those working in the entertainment sector in the Kingdom.
Al-Khatib said this during the workshop “Together We Build the Entertainment Sector,” which was held in Riyadh on Monday. He said the authority invited more than 130 stakeholders and investors in the entertainment sector to develop future plans and strategies with community participation, as they are “key elements and primary beneficiaries of the sector.”
He urged all who attended the workshop to share their ideas and recommendations, and expressed pride in his work with a body that targets community enrichment.
The workshop aimed to see the participation of community members in a number of subjects related to developing this new sector in the Kingdom, such as the role of the authority in supporting the sector, the future of the sector, prospects for investment, and possibilities that can be tapped into for advancement of the sector and expansion of entertainment options.
At the start of the workshop, the authority highlighted the most important accomplishments to date. This was accompanied by the launch of pilot programs that aim to measure the performance of operators in some entertainment facilities, and collect data from individuals.

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