New codes for Saudi regions begin Aug. 18

Updated 13 August 2013
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New codes for Saudi regions begin Aug. 18

The Communications and Information Technology Commission is making preparations to implement the second phase of a project aimed at increasing telephone numbers by at least 500 million.
Under the project, CITC will add one (1) to its six geographic zone codes. During the first phase, it changed the code of Riyadh region to 011. “The CITC is expected to change the code for the remaining five regions beginning from Aug. 18,” Sabq reported on Monday.
The codes of the five regions are: 012, 013, 014, 016 and 017. The CITC said the change was required to increase the range of numbers available for public mobile communications services and for fixed services.


King Salman sends cable of condolence to Sri Lanka president after terrorist attacks

Updated 3 min 14 sec ago
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King Salman sends cable of condolence to Sri Lanka president after terrorist attacks

  • King Salman condemned the "despicable act of terrorism"
  • Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a cable to Sirisena

RIYADH: King Salman has sent a cable of condolence to the president of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena following the terrorist attacks in the country, which killed more than 200 people and injured more than 600 on Sunday.

“We are aware of the terrorist attacks that targeted your friendly country and the resulting deaths and injuries, and we strongly condemn this despicable act of terrorism,” the cable from the king said.

Saudi Press Agency reported the king called for an international effort to combat terrorism.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a cable to Sirisena, expressing his condolences and a speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks.

Seven suspects were arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday bomb attacks on eight churches and hotels in the island nation.