Civil Defense rescues marooned in Madinah

Updated 20 November 2012
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Civil Defense rescues marooned in Madinah

Heavy rains fell on Madinah Province on Sunday causing power outages and flood damage to many homes in the region.
The city of Madinah and the governorates of Yanbu, Al-Oula, Khaibar, Badr, Al-Hinakiya, Al-Mahd and Wadi Al-Fara were also hit by heavy rainfall.
In Yanbu, the Civil Defense Department received more than 20 reports of power failures and flooding, resulting in five families being relocated to a nearby hotel while teams cleaned up the damage.
The Madinah Civil Defense dealt with more than 40 cases of people trapped by floodwater and successful rescues were made.
The department deployed patrols to monitor the status of flood control networks in the region and be on high alert to deal with emergencies.
Rain fell on most of Rabigh Governorate regions especially the Al-Abwaa area where flooding caused chaos in the town of Mastoura. Most of the residents had earlier been evacuated but due to flash floods 36 people were rescued by ground crews and General Security Department helicopters.
As a precautionary measure, authorities closed the highway between Rabigh and Yanbu as it was under threat of flooding from the Al-Abwaa Valley.


Muslim World League joins Moroccan league in fight against extremism

Updated 44 min 38 sec ago
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Muslim World League joins Moroccan league in fight against extremism

JEDDAH: The Muslim World League (MWL) has joined Morocco’s Mohammadian League of Scholars in a joint program to encourage enlightened Islamic speech and combat extremism.
A research and data sharing agreement between the two organizations was signed during a visit by Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, MWL secretary-general, to the league headquarters in Rabat, where he met with Ahmed Al-Abadi, the organization’s leader.
Along with information sharing, the agreement includes joint scientific research and publishing initiatives, and invitations to take part in conferences, panel discussions, cultural programs, and joint training programs and workshops.
A committee from both organizations will decide on an annual executive program to identify joint projects.
The agreement follows an international conference hosted by MWL with the Mohammadian League of Scholars under the theme “Deconstruction of Extremist Discourse.”
Leading thinkers and researchers from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria took part in the two-day conference early this month in Rabat.
The conference discussed interventions on deconstructing the extremist discourse, the intellectual ideas of extremists and their rebuttal, sectarian extremism and strategies to prevent the spread of extremism.
Earlier, Al-Issa said that cultural communication generates understanding among nations … and this leads to the alliance of civilizations.
He said extremism was a general and comprehensive concept, and to attribute it only to Islam was false since it also had intellectual, political and racial aspects.