Cartoonist Raslan arrested in Syria

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Updated 16 October 2012
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Cartoonist Raslan arrested in Syria

JEDDAH: The Syrian authorities have arrested cartoonist Akram Raslan of government-owned Al-Fida newspaper after he published cartoons underlining the tragic situation in the country, where a crisis has ignited a civil war.
Raslan worked with Arab News earlier this year. He was born in the city of Souran in 1974, graduated with a literature major from Damascus University in 1996, and worked for Syrian and Lebanese newspapers before he was hired by the Hamah-based Al-Fida newspaper.
One of his colleagues, who preferred to remain anonymous, said there is no information about his condition under detention, but fears of him being harmed by the Syrian authorities are real. “He was arrested because of his drawings that described the poor conditions Syrians are living in after the regime’s forces increased their acts of violence,” he said.
Last year, the Syrian authorities arrested cartoonist Ali Farazat while he driving home from work. They brutally beat him and broke his fingers.

 

To see some of Akram Raslan's latest Assad cartoons published in Arab News, please click on the links below:

http://www.arabnews.com/?q=cartoon-%E2%80%94-akramrslan-13

http://www.arabnews.com/?q=cartoon-%E2%80%94-akramrslan-12

http://www.arabnews.com/?q=cartoon&page=1


First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

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First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

  • Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season
  • The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin, Sudan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea.
The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin in Sudan.
Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aimed to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase on 2018. He added that 22 trips using four ferries were planned, representing a 29 percent rise in the number of sea journeys on the previous year.
The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom.
Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season. These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, staff responsible for operations at the station, and technical affairs managers.