SR1 million spent daily to shelter illegal Ethiopians

Updated 17 November 2013
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SR1 million spent daily to shelter illegal Ethiopians

The government is spending nearly SR1 million everyday for the upkeep of detained illegal Ethiopians.
Giving a breakup, Brig. Gen. Nasser Al-Qahtani, spokesman of Riyadh police, said SR750,000 is being spent daily to feed and house them. In addition, the government has rented 90 rest houses at double the normal price and milk valued at SR200,000 for their children. Then there are 300 buses to transport them to the shelters and two mobile clinics.
Al-Qahtani said his department covers 99 percent of the cost involved in taking care of the workers and their children.
He said the government would deport 500 Ethiopians in the next few days. The police have given a list of the illegal workers to their embassy, Al-Qahtani said during a tour of the new shelter set up in the old building of Princess Noura University.
The building was emptied, cleaned and furnished to provide accommodation for the illegal expatriates from various areas in Riyadh including Manfouha, Al-Hazm and Al-Mazahimiyah.
A tour of the Ethiopian shelter in Al-Hazm neighborhood showed the illegal workers apparently happy moving around in the residential areas.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.