Saudi military chiefs ordered to retire

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 27 February 2018| 11 Jumadul Ukhraa 1439

Saudi King Salman has sacked the military chief of staff and a host of other commanders in a major shake-up, state media said Monday citing a series of royal decrees.

“Termination of the services of General Abdul Rahman Bin Saleh Al Bunyan, Chief of Staff,” the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said, adding that Fayyad Al Ruwaili had been appointed as his replacement.

The monarch also replaced the heads of the ground forces and air defences.

No official reason was given for the changes, but they come as the kingdom’s bloody conflict with the Iran-backed Al Houthi rebels nears the end of its third year.

A Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s government has been fighting the Al Houthis since 2015.

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, the heir to the throne and the son of the monarch, is the country’s defence minister.

Source – Gulf News