Schools in parts of Saudi Arabia remain closed for 4th day due to bad weather

School children in Taif gather during a National Day celebration in this file photo. Schools in Taif are closed on Thursday due to bad weather. (SPA)
Updated 15 February 2018

Schools in parts of Saudi Arabia remain closed for 4th day due to bad weather

JEDDAH: Schools in parts of Saudi Arabia will be closed Thursday, for the fourth straight day, to maintain the safety of students due to bad weather.
The Madinah Education Authority announced that schools in the Khaybar, Hunakiyah and Wadi Fara'a areas will remain closed, following early warnings issued by the meteorological body cautioning about the extreme wind levels of the dust on the area
Taif University also announced all its campuses will be shut Thursday due to the bad weather conditions.
In the southwest region of Bisha, education authorities announced that schools in the area will remain closed, including the University of Bisha and its campus in Tathlith.
There have been no further announcements of school closures by the Makkah and Jeddah educational authorities, which had made similar announcements in the previous days.
Meanwhile, Madinah Health Affairs General Directorate said they have received 1,384 emergency cases suffering from complications due to the severe dust storms.
Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Civil Defense earlier said that sandstorms had severely restricted visibility in various areas in southwestern Saudi Arabia as well as neighboring parts of the region.
The authorities urged caution, particularly while driving, and stressed that residents of the affected areas should avoid lingering near scaffolding, lampposts, umbrellas, trees, billboards and construction sites.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection expected the sandstorms to continue from Thursday to Monday.

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 Hundreds of thousands of undocumented Ethiopians were sent home in 2013 but they have apparently been replaced by new arrivals in the succeeding years.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.