2 wanted terrorists killed in Qatif car bomb blast

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Bystanders watch as flames engulf a car after an explosion at a Qatif neighborhood in the Eastern Province in this photo shared on social media.
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Flames engulf a car after an explosion at a Qatif neighborhood in the Eastern Province in this photo shared on social media.
Updated 02 June 2017

2 wanted terrorists killed in Qatif car bomb blast

JEDDAH: Two “terrorists” died in a vehicle explosion Thursday in Qatif, a Foreign Ministry official said. The cause of the blast has not been confirmed.

“Two wanted terrorists were killed in the explosion,” Faisal bin Farhan, an adviser to the Foreign Ministry, said on his personal Twitter account.

According to reports, police are said to be looking for three others who survived.

Police have reportedly identified the two suspects as Fadhel Al-Hamada and Mohammed Al-Somayel.

Videos circulating on social media showed a car engulfed in flames and thick plumes of black smoke.

Social media reports quoted eyewitnesses as saying three other persons were seen fleeing from the car, fueling suspicions that the car bomb exploded prematurely.

Al-Marsad, a Saudi media outlet, said the car bomb exploded in a district with shops and apartment buildings. 

A resident, contacted by telephone by Reuters, said he heard a blast and saw smoke rising above an area that police had cordoned off. 

Video and photographs posted on social media showed a vehicle engulfed in flames in the middle of a street, with dense black smoke rising around it and a body apparently completely burned being pulled from the wreckage of the vehicle. 

Other images showed what appeared to be at least one charred body lying beside a vehicle, which looked like an SUV, after firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Emergency vehicles converged on the scene, a witness told AFP.

“The explosion was very huge,” the witness said.

Daesh began a campaign of bombings and shootings in 2004 that has killed more than 40 people in the Eastern Province.

Last August, police said they shot dead a would-be suicide bomber targeting a mosque in Qatif district.

Two months later, a gunman killed five people at a Shiite meeting hall in Saihat district of Qatif.

Last month, violence escalated around a redevelopment project in the old section of Awwamiya, a Qatif-area town. The Interior Ministry said criminals engaged in the drug and arms trade were involved in the unrest.

A police officer was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade following the shooting deaths of an infant and a Pakistani man in Awwamiya.

— with input from AP, AFP, Reuters


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.