Airport shocker for illegals

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Updated 13 June 2013
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Airport shocker for illegals

Several expatriates who had obtained clearance from the deportation center in Jeddah have been turned back from the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah by immigration authorities.
They were advised to go to an airport in a city nearest to the one from where the iqama was issued.
The unexpected move has caused panic among those whose iqamas were issued from different provinces and fingerprinted at the Jeddah deportation center.
The returnees are approaching their consulates for a solution and some diplomatic missions have taken up the issue with the deportation centers who have given the assurance that they will follow up with the immigration authorities.
Apparently, some expatriates in this category have obtained clearance and their passports stamped with “exit” from Jeddah itself.
According to sources, the authorities at the Jeddah deportation center have clarified they will only do biometric scanning of expatriates whose iqamas were issued from the Western Province.
Based on the latest developments, the Indian Consulate has issued an advisory in this regard.
Many poor expatriates who bought airplane tickets by begging or other means are very worried and waiting anxiously for the next course of action.
Several are confused about how they will be able to travel within the country without valid iqamas.
Most of these people are opting for low cost airlines where there is no refund of ticket amount and all major airlines which are witnessing peak season, deduct high portion of amount for “No Show.”
Murali, an Indian who worked streets to purchase a ticket home, returned from the airport last night after he was told his travel document data was not updated.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah