29 Al-Qaeda men extradited to KSA

Updated 14 February 2014
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29 Al-Qaeda men extradited to KSA

Yemen has extradited 29 Al-Qaeda militants to Saudi Arabia. The militants have been captured by Yemeni security agencies in operations over the last few years.
These militants, mostly Saudi nationals, were on the Kingdom’s wanted list for terror-related crimes, according to Saudi and Yemeni sources.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, a spokesman at the Ministry of Interior, could neither confirm nor deny the extradition report, posted on Yemen’s Ministry of Defense website on Tuesday. He told Arab News, however, the information on the matter would soon be released. “I will release a statement as soon as I get the information from security departments in the Kingdom,” he said.
An Arab diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Sanaa gradually handed over the 29 militants to Saudi Arabia during the last few days.
“Both countries are closely working to ensure safety and security in Yemen and particularly on the Saudi-Yemeni borders,” said the diplomat, while referring to growing Saudi and GCC interests in Yemen. Yemen, which neighbors Saudi Arabia, is home to one of Al-Qaeda’s most active branches, known as “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” whose several plots to attack Western targets, including airliners, were foiled in the past.
Only a few weeks ago, a group of Arab and Saudi militants were behind a massive car bombing and an assault on Yemen’s military headquarters, which killed more than 50 people.
Saudi Arabia has been doling out massive funds to Yemen as part of its peace and security plan. The Kingdom recently donated SR750 million to King Abdullah Medical City project in Sanaa.


Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia offers one million sim cards and internet access to Hajj pilgrims

  • The move aims to serve pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their dearest ones back home

MAKKAH: One million sim cards and free internet will be offered as gifts to pilgrims performing Hajj this year upon arriving at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Saudi Arabia.

The initiative is part of a program aimed at serving pilgrims who are keen to communicate with their nearest and dearest back home.

A field team will be working 24 hours during the Hajj season to offer this service to the arriving pilgrims so that they can share their experience with their families.

The project comes as part of  efforts by the Kingdom to serve pilgrims under directions by King Salman and the Crown Prince to allow pilgrims to perform their rituals with ease.