Throughout the ensuing fiery exchanges, both countries’ vessels display their corresponding national flags.At one point, a Saudi chain gun rips through a flag of the Islamic Republic as it sinks a ship.
NOT YET FINISHED Footage on social media on Wednesday showed security forces celebrating by linking arms and dancing in a circle, their automatic weapons raised in the air.The authorities say they are clearing the area to build an attractive district of shopping centres, office buildings, green spaces and fountains in place of al-Musawara.“We informed everyone in the community there would be development stages for several areas in Qatif, starting with Musawara,” said Esam Abdullatef Almulla, the region’s acting mayor.He dismissed concerns raised by United Nations experts in April that the demolition of the 400-year-old neighbourhood threatened Awamiya’s cultural heritage, saying the majority of the community accepted the project.“Of course, we didn’t get approval from everyone, but most Qatif and Awamiya residents wanted to see their neighbourhoods developed,” said Almulla.A security campaign against Shi’ite Muslim gunmen in eastern Saudi Arabia has reduced dozens of buildings in the town of Awamiya to ruins and forced thousands of residents to flee.Security forces have been trying for three months to flush out gunmen responsible for years of attacks on police in the small town of 30,000 that has been the centre of protests by minority Shi’ites against the Sunni government."I am very honored and proud for this very unique distinction," said Sophia.On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's Center for International Communication, part of the government's ministry for culture and information, tweeted the announcement."It is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with citizenship." Please welcome the newest Saudi: Sophia.What SSSF did is destroying whole #Awamia by bullets and missiles and forcibly displacing residents for 7 uncaught militants.#awamiasiege pic.twitter.com/Sw V3Pyr Vp W— Angry Qatifi (@Angry Qatifi) August 9, 2017There was no fighting during the tour, although residents reported an explosion and gunfire shortly afterwards.Rusted-out cars lay half-flattened next to wrecked homes pocked with hundreds of bullet holes.Crudely photocopied portraits of “martyrs” - one apparently 16 years old - were tacked on to lamp posts and buildings.“The land which is mixed with the blood of martyrs gets sufficiently watered by God’s light to defeat the mighty,” said graffiti along one rubble-strewn street.