Saudi man stranded in Tabuk desert for six days rescued by security

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Police and volunteers at the rescue site. (Photo courtesy: Okaz)
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Hosam Al-Salmi (Photo courtesy: Okaz)
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Resident Volunteers who aided in locating Hosam Al-Salmi. (Photo courtesy: Okaz)
Updated 14 February 2018

Saudi man stranded in Tabuk desert for six days rescued by security

TABUK: A young Saudi man stranded in the desert for six days has been found by security officials in Tabuk, northwestern Saudi Arabia.
The man, Hosam Al Salmi, drove his own car from Makkah on Thursday toward Tabuk. The distance, slightly more than 1,000 kilometers, should have taken him around 10 hours by car.
However, he contacted his family on Saturday to inform them that he was stranded after he took a wrong turn through the desert and got lost, according to the Saudi Okaz newspaper.
He managed to call security authorities to request help and remained at a hilltop awaiting rescue, briefly before communication with him had been entirely lost by Monday.
He was lost in the desert until authorities and a rescue group managed to find him on Tuesday evening, the newspaper said. Salmi was sent to hospital to ensure his health condition was stable.
His friends and relatives were actively searching for him through Twitter, by creating the hashtag “Searching_for_Hossam_in_Tabuk_desert”.

Saudi Arabia to release 1,000 Ethiopian prisoners

Ethiopian immigrants returning from Saudi Arabia arrive at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport in this December 10, 2013 photo. Hundreds of thousands of undocumented Ethiopians were sent home in 2013 but they have apparently been replaced by new arrivals in the succeeding years. (AFP file photo)
Updated 20 May 2018

Saudi Arabia to release 1,000 Ethiopian prisoners

  • Hundreds of thousands of undocumented Ethiopian migrants were repatriated from Saudi Arabia in 2013.
  • Officials in Riyadh are in the process of deporting more than 500,000 Ethiopian migrants this year.

ADDIS ABABA: Saudi Arabia has agreed to release 1,000 Ethiopian nationals who have been in prison in the Gulf state for a variety of offenses, Ethiopian state-affiliated media said on Saturday.

The decision was made following a request by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who was in Riyadh on an official visit this week, Fana Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The agency said among the detainees were 100 women. It did not disclose what the charges were. Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian nationals live in the Gulf region, mostly in Saudi Arabia.

Officials in Riyadh are in the process of deporting more than 500,000 undocumented Ethiopian migrants.

So far, 160,000 have arrived back in the Horn of Africa country.

During his recent visit to Riyadh, Ahmed met with leaders of Ethiopian community and discussed setting up a strong partnership between the government and the community to address challenges they are facing.

The trip is his first outside Africa after three visits to neighbouring countries. The East African nation secured thousands of exit visas for its nationals and flew them back home.

Established diplomatic relations in 1948, Saudi Arabia is among the first Arab countries to open embassy in Addis Ababa.