Category: Saudi Arabia

‘Approximately 83,000 Moroccans visited Turkey in 2013,’ Hespress (Morocco), 10 February 2014

Turkey witnessed 9% growth in the number of tourists coming from Arab states last year, with over 3 million Arabs visiting the country for a number of reason. Tourists come to Turkey from around the Middle East for a variety of reasons, including shopping opportunities, hair transplants and to purchase homes. Continue reading

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‘Saudi Arabia requests emergency United Nations session on Syria,’ al-Arabiya (Saudi Arabia), 9 February 2014

Saudi Arabia’s permanent mission to the United Nations has requested an emergency session to be held in order to listen to reports from a number heads of UN departments and international organizations on the situation in Syria. Continue reading

‘Is Yemen an underdeveloped country, and will that affect Saudi Arabia?,’ Aden al-Ghad (Yemen), 18 January 2014

A look into historical significance of Yemen by Sayyid al-Wahhabi after tweeting that one of the reasons for Saudi Arabia’s underdevelopment is its geographical location close to Yemen.

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‘Saudi Arabia donates $100 million to the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism,’ Mubasher (Saudia Arabia), 22 January 2014

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has donated $100 million dollars to the United Nations International Centre for Counter-Terrorism. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his thanks at a meeting with the Saudi foreign minister,  just before the Geneva II Convention began.

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‘Al-Fawzan: Syria and Iran created “ISIS” to abort the revolution,’ Al-Arabiya (UAE), 5 January 2014

A Saudi professor of comparative jurisprudence claims that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a creation of Syrian and Iranian intelligence to stop the Syrian revolution from succeeding. Al-Fawzan believes that ISIS deceived Syrians of the truth behind the organization.

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Riyadh police receive more than 60,000 illegal Ethiopians…deport 7,000, Al-Jazirah (Saudia Arabia), 22 November 2013

A campaign to investigate Ethiopian violators of work and residence visas is underway in Riyadh. Over 7,000 Ethiopians have been deported from Saudi Arabia, and over 60,000 have been placed into shelters to await their fate.

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Increase in fatalities in Tripoli clashes in Libya to 31 People Dead and 285 Wounded’, al-Mokhtsar (KSA), 16th November 2013

Tripoli, Libya: When protestors reached the headquarters of the Tripoli-based militia, the al-Nsour Battalion, militia members open fire on the crowd spurring armed clashes between those loyal to the official security service and the militias and conflict in the city.

 

 

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‘Saudi Arabia: two killed and dozens injured in clashes between police and foreign workers in Riyadh’ BBC Arabic, 10th November 2013

السعودية: مقتل شخصين واصابة العشرات في اشتباكات بين الشرطة وعمال أجانب في الرياض

قتل شخصان على الأقل وأصيب العشرات جراء أعمال شغب في احد الاحياء الشعبية بالعاصمة السعودية، بحسب مسؤول في شرطة الرياض.

ونقلت وكالة الأنباء الرسمية عن ناصر القطاني الناطق الإعلامي باسم الشرطة أن “شخصين أحدهما سعودي قتلا واصيب 68 بجروح بينهم 28 سعوديا

وأضاف أن أعمال الشغب اندلعت لدى قيام “عدد من مجهولي الهوية بالتحصن في شوارع ضيقة بحي منفوحة جنوبي الرياض ورمي المواطنين والمقيمين بالحجارة وتهديدهم بالسلاح الأبيض مما نتج عنه إصابة عدد منهم وتضرر عدد كبير من المحلات التجارية والسيارات

وأكد أن قوات الأمن تمكنت من “السيطرة على الوضع وعزل مثيري الشغب عن المواطنين والمقيمين”.

كانت السلطات السعودية بدأت حملة لملاحقة العمال الاجانب المخالفين لنظام الاقامة والعمل بعد انقضاء مهلة سبعة اشهر منحتها لهم لتسوية اوضاعهم او مغادرة المملكة.

وحسب التقديرات، فإن نحو مليون عامل غادروا السعودية بالفعل منذ بدء تطبيق القوانين الجديدة.

وتشير التقديرات إلى وجود ثمانية ملايين أجنبي في السعودية معظمهم آسيويون.

وتستهدف قوانين العمل الجديدة تقليل اعتماد المملكة، صاحبة أكبر اقتصاد في العالم العربي، على العمالة الأجنبية

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Saudi Arabia: two killed and dozens injured in clashes between police and foreign workers in Riyadh

According to officials from the Riyadh police, at least two were killed and dozens injured due to riots in a popular district of the Saudi capital.

The media spokesman of the official news agency Nasr Al-Qatani stated that “two people were killed, one of whom was Saudi, along with 68 injured, amongst those injured 28 Saudis.

He added that the riots broke out after “a number of unidentified men entrenched themselves in the narrow streets of the Manfouha district in South Riyadh. Citizens and residents began to throw rocks at them and threatening them with knives. This resulted in a large number of injured as well as damage to shops and cars.”

Security forces confirmed that they were able to control the situation and separate the citizens and residents from those who had “incited the riot.”

The Saudi authorities have started a campaign to prosecute workers who stay beyond the seven months allocated to them in order to regulate the number of foreigners arriving and leaving the Kingdom.

According to reports, one million workers have already had to leave the Kingdom since the imposition of the new law.

The reports also indicate that, of the 8 million foreigners resident in Saudi Arabia, most of them are Asian.

The new labour laws of Saudi Arabia, currently the largest economy in the Arab World, aim to reduce the Kingdom’s dependence on foreign labour.

Translated by Hamish Kinnear

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10 Car Bombs hit Bagdad in half an hour’, Ash-Shark al-Awsat (Saudi Arabia), 28th October 2013

عشر سيارات مفخخة تضرب بغداد خلال نصف ساعة

 

الاثنيـن 23 ذو الحجـة 1434 هـ 28 اكتوبر 2013

المالكي يتوقع نتائج سيئة في الانتخابات المقبلة

بغداد: حمزة مصطفى
في ساعات الصباح الأولى أمس، وعكس الاستراتيجية التي اتبعتها الجماعات المسلحة خلال الشهور الأخيرة وذلك بتنفيذ عملياتها عند حلول المساء، ضربت تفجيرات بأكثر من عشر سيارات مفخخة مناطق بغداد الشمالية والشرقية والجنوبية خلال نصف ساعة.

وقالت الشرطة إن التفجيرات التي استهدفت مناطق تقطنها أغلبية شيعية في أنحاء بغداد ومحيطها قتل فيها 37 شخصا. وكان أعنف الهجمات في بلدة النهروان جنوب العاصمة، حيث انفجرت سيارتان مفخختان في تتابع سريع قرب سوق مزدحمة، ما أسفر عن سقوط سبعة قتلى، حسب وكالة رويترز.

من جهة اخرى توقع نوري المالكي، رئيس الوزراء العراقي، نتائج سيئة في الانتخابات البرلمانية المقرر إجراؤها في أبريل (نيسان) المقبل، متهما خصومه السياسيين باستغلال الفساد المالي والإداري لأغراض الدعاية الانتخابية.

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10 Car Bombs hit Bagdad in half an hour

Monday 28th October 2013

Maliki is expecting bad results in the upcoming election.

Bagdad: Hamza Mustafa

In the morning hours yesterday – in a reversal of the strategy that armed groups have followed during the last few months with implementing their actions in the evening – more than ten car bombs exploded in the northern and eastern areas of Bagdad in the space of half an hour.

The police said that the explosions, which targeted areas inhabited mostly by Shi’a across Bagdad and it’s surroundings, killed 37 people. The deadliest attacks were in the town al-Naharwan south of the capital, where two car bombs exploded in quick succession close to a busy market, which resulted in seven dead according to the Reuters newsagency.

In other news, Nuri al-Maliki, the Prime Minister of Iraq, expects bad results in the parliamentary elections to be decided next April. Accusing the politicians in his opposition of using financial and bureaucratic corruption for the purpose of electoral propaganda.

Translated by Robert Forster

Article available at al-Sharq al-Awsat.