Flood of dead fish along coast surprises Qatif

Updated 12 September 2014
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Flood of dead fish along coast surprises Qatif

Thousands of dead fish have appeared along the coast of Qatif amid hide tides, prompting authorities to launch an investigation into the bizarre incident.
“The Presidency of Metrology and Environment (PME) and the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAF) were immediately tasked with investigating the first-of-its-kind situation,” said Al-Arqoubi.
“Qatif’s municipality sent a team of specialists to find out why the fish had died. The team took samples from the dead fish and the water for examination. Preliminary results from the fish autopsy have not indicated contamination,” he added.
“The municipal team suggested that they died in shallow waters near the coast, especially since only small fish had been found lifeless along the coast, meaning that they had come for food, but had gotten stuck in the low tides and were unable to swim back. Samples confirmed that the fish lacked oxygen, supporting this theory,” he explained.
Nabil Al-Fatya, fish resource director at the Agriculture Ministry, said: “We are awaiting the results of these tests, which will take 48 hours.”
Fish market vendors, meanwhile, fear that illegal laborers will attempt to collect dead fish and sell them in the market or on the streets.
The vendors, however, have stressed that the market will not suffer a fish supply shortage and the Eastern Province municipality has warned vendors from putting peoples’ health at risk by selling fish that may not be fit for consumption, while confirming that inspectors are on full alert for violations.


Saudi official denies Israeli media reports on meeting between Saudi Chief of Staff and Israeli counterpart

Updated 6 min 40 sec ago
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Saudi official denies Israeli media reports on meeting between Saudi Chief of Staff and Israeli counterpart

  • The official said the correct information is that Al-Ruwaili has participated in an international meeting for Defense Chiefs of Staff held in Washington
  • No bilateral meeting had took place between the Saudi and Israeli Chiefs of Staff, he added

JEDDAH: A Saudi defense ministry official has denied reports circulated on Israeli media claiming that a meeting was held between the Saudi military Chief of Staff, Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, and his Israeli counterpart Gadi Eizenkot.

The official said the correct information is that Al-Ruwaili participated in an international meeting for Defense Chiefs of Staff held in Washington, United States at the Andrews Air Force Base.

81 countries took part in the meeting held between Oct. 15-16 aimed at discussing ways to combat violent terror groups.

The meeting also included an official dinner for all attendees hosted by the his excellency the Chairman of the US Joints Chief of Staff, Gen. Joseph F. Dunford. It was followed by a conference at the Andrews Air Force Base.

The official said no bilateral meeting took place between the Saudi and Israeli Chiefs of Staff.