50 million sq meters lost to encroachments

Jeddah: Khalid Al-Subyani

Published — Sunday 7 April 2013

Last update 7 April 2013 8:00 pm

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Encroachment on more than 50 million sqm of public land was reported following the Jeddah floods disaster, said Samir Basabrin, chairman of the Encroachment and Land Monitoring Commission in the Jeddah Governorate.
“The Commission will be on the lookout for anyone who tries to establish new facts on the ground. These thieves often steal land at night or during weekends,” he said.
“These people sometimes use women as shields. This is their most common trick. Often they just run away and leave their women and children to take the heat.
“The Commission, however, hired female workers that try to send the women away from the sites,” he said.

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