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100 sheep mysteriously die

Salman Sabaan Miteb, a shepherd from Tihamah Qahatan Al-Farsha, 200 kilometers east of Asir province was surprised by the mysterious death of 100 of his sheep.
He said that there is no branch of the Ministry of Agriculture in Tihamah Qahatan, Asir. He had notified the ministry in Abha but there was no response. However, a committee from the Civil Defense Al-Farsha Police and Health Department came to the scene and reported to the province’s governorate. Investigations are now under way.
“Some government authorities are negligent. There is insufficient follow up on livestock concerns and long delays in treating sick ones,” said Hamdan Rahi, another citizen of Tihamah.
He said he sympathizes with Salman because he depends wholly on livestock for his income. He pointed out that citizens in the area are going to file a lawsuit against entities that fail to carry out their duties, and demand financial compensations for the sheep that died.
A source in the Asir agricultural branch said they had sent a veterinarian to Tihamah to bring samples for testing in the ministry’s laboratories in Riyadh.
Press spokesman for the Asir Municipality, Mohammad Al-Bishri said the Ministry of Agriculture should be held accountable for the death of the livestock.
A businessman in the province said he is ready to help Salman with compensation of his loss in the near future.

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