Recounting horror: Iran refused to help Saudi diplomats under attack

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Updated 06 January 2016
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Recounting horror: Iran refused to help Saudi diplomats under attack

RIYADH: Saudi officials from the embassy in Tehran, who have arrived safely in the Kingdom, have accused the Iranian government of doing nothing to protect them from a mob in the city earlier this week.
Mohammed bin Ali-Qaidhi, who was among those who arrived from Dubai here on Monday night, said masked men were involved in setting the building alight and stealing property of the Saudi government.
He said Iranian security officials ignored the events at the embassy building. In addition, there was no electricity for more than one hour during the attack, he told Arab News.
Also, Iranian officials had harassed Saudi officials from the time they wanted to leave Tehran, he said. “We missed our flight because there was a deliberate delay in the processing of our passports at the immigration counter.” They had to wait two more hours to get a flight, he said.
The Saudi officials thanked the UAE for helping them leave Tehran. They said that Anwar Al-Gargash, UAE's foreign minister, and the Saudi ambassador in the UAE, met them at the airport and helped them get a connection to Riyadh.
Saud bin Abdulaziz Al-Khudair, a relative of an embassy staff member working in Tehran, said he was thankful to the Saudi government for protecting diplomatic staff working abroad.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.