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The Yemeni army and popular forces hit Saudi Arabia’s strategic military positions and bases in the kingdom’s Assir province with a Zalzal-3 ballistic missile in retaliation for the Saudi airstrikes on residential areas across Yemen. The Yemeni missile attack inflicted heavy losses on the Saudi troops in al-Montazah military base in Assir province’s al-Zahran region. Early reports indicate large casualties on the Saudi forces in the missile attack. The Saudi army and its coalition members have lost, at least, over a hundred troops each time they have come under a ballistic missile attack by Yemen. The Saudi-led forces’ armored vehicles were destroyed during the Yemeni missile attack. Informed sources announced on Sunday that the Yemeni army and popular forces have fully taken control of four strategic regions in three Saudi provinces. The Yemeni forces are now in full control of Jabal (Mount) al-Doud in Jizan province, Jabal (Mount) al-Dokhan in Jizan, Jabal (Mount) al-Sar in Najran province and Jabal (Mount) al-Rahwa in al-Rabou’a region of Assir province, Ahd al-Jadid wrote on its Twitter page. Ahd al-Jadid said that the mountains that are under Ansarullah’s control are overlooking Jizan, Najran and Assir provinces and for the same reason Saudi Arabia is now in a very critical situation meaning that Riyadh has earned nothing and rather lost territory in the last 18 months of war on Yemen. Ahd al-Jadid called on those who claim that Saudi Arabia is still in control of these mountains to release a video on areas under their control.
The Saudi military has been pounding Yemen since March 2015 to undermine Yemen’s Ansarullah movement and to restore power to the former fugitive President Mansour Hadi. Over 11,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Riyadh’s military aggression which lacks any international mandate. The UN human rights office said in August that the Saudi military is using cluster bombs against residential areas in Yemen in violation of international law, blaming the Riyadh regime for most of the civilian casualties in its impoverished southern neighbor. Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized the United States in May for selling cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia, saying the kingdom had used various types of US-made cluster munitions in its war against Yemen despite evidence of mounting civilian casualties.
Saudi Arabia Switches to ‘Western’ Calendar to Cut Civil Servants’ Wages
Saudi Arabia shifted to the Gregorian or “Western” calendar as a basis for paying civil servants as part of an austerity package. The birthplace of Islam containing Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, shifted to the Western Gregorian calendar on Sunday, bringing the oil-rich kingdom in line with many of its energy customers, DW reported. The kingdom adopted the lunar Islamic calendar when it was founded in 1932. The Islamic lunar calendar is actually 11 days shorter than the 365-day solar year, which will actually save the kingdom money by cutting salary days for many public servants. It’s part of a larger series of cost-cutting measures recently imposed that includes cancelling some bonuses offered to state employees and hiking fees for entry visas for foreign visitors and residents. Millions of Muslims from around the globe visit Saudi Arabia annually as part of the Hajj pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites. Saudi King Salman has also ordered a 20-percent cut in salaries for civil servants and a 15-percent reduction in financial perks for the kingdom’s advisory Shura Council as part of far-reaching economic reforms. The world’s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia has seen decreasing revenues since oil prices have been in decline since 2014 as OPEC nations maintain robust output amidst static demand.
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Saudi Arabia Responds To US 9/11 Bill Veto
With the first 9/11 lawsuit already winging its way to The Kingdom following Congress’ decision to un-vet, Saudi officials have broken their silence “stressing their concern” and warning of “consequences.” The Minister of State, Cabinet’s Member, and Acting Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Essam bin Saad bin Saeed said in a statement to Saudi Press Agency following the session that the Cabinet stressed that the adoption of “JASTA” Law in the United States of America is of great concern to the international community in which international relations are based on the principle of equality and sovereign immunity, the principle governing international relations for hundreds of years. The weakening of the sovereign immunity affects negatively all countries, including the United States of America, expressing the hope that wisdom prevails and the United States Congress takes the necessary steps to avoid serious and grave consequences that may result from enacting “JASTA” Law. Source: SPA http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewstory.php?lang=en&newsid=1544936
This comes as Saudi stocks, credit, and currencies are collapsing…