Demolition of old buildings in Al-Masoura complete

Remains of buildings are seen following a security campaign in the town of Awamiya, in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia, in this August 9, 2017 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 16 August 2017

Demolition of old buildings in Al-Masoura complete

JEDDAH: The demolition of old buildings in Al-Masoura district in Al-Awamiyah municipality has been completed, said Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Safayyan, media spokesman of the Eastern Province governorate.
A development project will be implemented in Al-Masoura over a two-year period, he said, adding that the demolition and removal of rubble are considered the first phase.
The demolition covered all old buildings on roads that were too narrow, which posed risks to residents, he said.
The number of abandoned and destroyed houses, an inadequate service network and lack of safety necessitated development work in the district, he added.
The project is part of the development of the central part of Al-Awamiyah, which has been greatly welcomed by its residents, Al-Safayyan said.
The project will consist of commercial stores, a cultural center, a public library, a sports complex, cafes, restaurants, men’s and women’s halls, a shopping mall, a women’s club, a kindergarten and a car park, he added.

Saudi Crown Prince calls for decisive international position against Iran: interview 

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Saudi Crown Prince calls for decisive international position against Iran: interview 

  • Talking to Asharq Al Awsat, Mohammad Bin Salman says Kingdom doesn’t seek war but will defend itself against threats 
  • Says killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “painful crime” and that strategic ties with US are key to regional stability 

JEDDAH:  Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Saturday said Saudi Arabia does not seek war but will also not shy away from confronting any threats.

He called for a decisive international position against Iran and said the regime in Tehran didn’t even respect the presence of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe when it attacked two tankers, one of them carrying the Japanese flag. 

The crown prince’s comments came in an interview with Arab News’ sister publication Asharq Al Awsat.

The heir to the Saudi throne said the Kingdom will continue to support Sudan and wishes nothing but good for Yemen. However, Saudi Arabia would never accept having a militia serving the Iranian agenda at its border, he said. 

He also described the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a “very painful crime.” He added that the Kingdom seeks to achieve full justice and accountability. 

As for the Aramco IPO, the crown prince says it is expected to occur at some time between 2020 and the beginning of 2021. 

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