Shumaisy riot: 1 inmate dead, several wounded

Updated 06 March 2014
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Shumaisy riot: 1 inmate dead, several wounded

One person was killed and at least nine were injured in a stampede after violence broke out among deportees at the Shumaisy deportation center on Sunday, said Col. Atih Al-Qureshi, police spokesman for the Makkah region.
According to sources, chaos erupted when several inmates attempted to climb the walls of the center and attack the guards on duty, creating panic.
Security forces soon arrived to bring the situation under control.
“Police had repeatedly warned inmates to calm down, but they began vandalizing the premises instead,” said Al-Qureshi.
The rioting lasted for several hours.
“All of the inmates at the deportation center are awaiting the completion of procedures before returning to their home countries,” he said.
Police would not give further details on the nationality of the victim and the injured or the circumstances surrounding the incident.
However, the violence is rumored to have been instigated by inmates of African descent, who had previously been accused of provoking similar acts of violence at the center.
A senior diplomat from the country in question refused to speak with Arab News on the matter.


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.