24 pickpockets arrested in Prophet’s Mosque

Updated 18 August 2013
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24 pickpockets arrested in Prophet’s Mosque

The Prophet’s Mosque’s security force in Madinah arrested 24 pickpockets of eight nationalities who stole from worshippers while praying inside the mosque.
The thieves were arrested during Ramadan under a plan implemented by the police director of the region, Brig. Gen. Saud bin Awad Al-Ahmadi. The plan involved deploying police detectives inside the mosque and the courtyards surrounding it to prevent any kind of pickpocketing activities.
Madinah police Col. Fahd bin Amer Al-Ghanam, said, “Three of the arrested are Egyptian, three others are Pakistanis, and a seventh is from Nepal.”
Items such as wallets containing different currencies and mobile phones were found on the suspects.
He noted that policewomen of the investigation unit arrested a 30-year-old woman while she was pickpocketing a Filipino female visitor. Once the thief noticed that she was caught red-handed, she tried to throw away the wallet, but was caught nevertheless.
“Search and investigation members were suspicious of three juveniles between the ages of 15 and 17. A mobile phone was found on one of them and the device was returned to its original owner,” said Al-Ghanam.
Another 15-year-old juvenile was arrested while he was stealing a mobile phone from a sleeping person inside the mosque. Five other mobiles and sums of different currencies were found on an Egyptian aged 35. The security force had followed the man while he was walking among worshippers who were sleeping inside the mosque at the time.
Al-Ghamam confirmed that the efforts of the security men is still in full swing, armed with their expertise and the advanced equipment they use in the field, such as cameras and state-of-the-art communication devices.
He appealed to all citizens, visitors and residents to take guard their personal belongings, and warned anybody who tries to take advantage of the worshippers while they perform the holy rituals.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”