Campaign to find overstayers in Makkah launched

Updated 30 November 2012
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Campaign to find overstayers in Makkah launched

The Saudi General Directorate of Passports announced the launch of a comprehensive campaign all over the country to look for overstaying pilgrims, who have no intention in returning home.
According to Col. Badr Almalik, directorate spokesman, the number of overstaying pilgrims has recently decreased to a large extent.
Col. Aidh Allogmani also urged citizens and residents to cooperate with directorate officials in reporting the presence of illegal immigrants.
The highest percentage of overstaying pilgrims are Yemini and from countries in Africa, followed by Asians, especially Indonesians and Bangladeshis.
Officials have called for the increased monitoring of the Saudi-Yemeni border, which stretches along more than 1,600 km.
The presence of illegal immigrants is considered an increasing threat in residential areas. Mohammed Alsharif, a resident of Alhusainiya, said that hundreds of illegal immigrants roam around the streets of his district, and families are starting to feel unsafe. Alsharif added that his car was wrecked, and he filed a complaint against an unknown individual.
Security agencies report that illegal immigrants are involved in various violations against Saudi laws such as, alcohol and drug dealing, prostitution, theft, smuggling and violent robbery.
Almalik said the General Directorate of Passports is not responsible for border controls as they have no jurisdiction or authority in stopping illegal immigrants entering the Kingdom from Yemen or any country. They only handle matters within Saudi territory.
According to Almalik, GDP deals with illegal immigrants and expats who fail to renew their iqama (residency permit). He added that an extensive patrolling plan was under way to monitor the presence of illegal immigrants.
Mahmoud Kisnawi, an academic researcher in Um Al-Qura University, said that overstaying usually increases after the completion of Umrah in Ramadan and the Haj season. Therefore, committees from the Ministry of Haj, governorates, the directorate of passport controls, the deportation department and the police all work together to resolve this issue. “A study demonstrates how illegal immigrants are dangerous to society economically, socially and in terms of security. Thus the research team hopes that Saudi officials and society will avail themselves of the recommendations, which aim to solve this chronic issue,” said Kisnawi.


Houthi militias deny 40 relief ships access to Hodeidah Port- Saudi-led coalition

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Houthi militias deny 40 relief ships access to Hodeidah Port- Saudi-led coalition

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition announced today that Houthi militia backed by Iran are not allowing 40 relief ships from entering the port of Hodeidah.

The Coaltion spokesperson Turki Al-Maliki said in a press conference held in Riyadh Wednesday that ridding Yemen of Houthi militia number two was an important development. Al-Maliki said that Al-Sammad was responsible for threatening Saudi Arabia’s peace and and security, as well as being responsible for disrupting maritime traffic in the Red Sea Bab Al-Mandab straight, and the continued suffering of millions of Yemenis.

The spoksperson said that Houthi militia backed by Iran launched more than 125 ballistic missiles toward Saudi Arabia’s territories. Al-Maliki added that the Kingdom's air defense systems have intercepted them. In addition Al-Maliki said that up till now Houthi militia alunched in excess of 66 thousand projectile toward the border with Saudi Arabia.

In conclusion, Al- Al-Maliki reiterated the coalition commitment to helping Yemeni stating that humanitarian help by King Salman’s center for relief and humanitarian ais has delivered aid to help more than 3 million Yemenis.