30 expats held in Saudi Arabia on terror charges in April

30 expats have been detained by authorities in April. (SPA)
Updated 24 April 2018
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30 expats held in Saudi Arabia on terror charges in April

  • All these suspects are still under investigation
  • Saudi Arabia is at the forefront of fighting terrorism

JEDDAH: The Saudi security forces rounded up 30 people of 12 different nationalities with links to terrorist organizations in April, said security sources.

The cases of all these suspects are under investigation. The detainees include 11 from Sudan, 9 from Yemen, 2 from Egypt, 1 from Turkey, 1 from Kenya, 1 from Iran, 1 from Somalia, 1 from Syria, 1 from Bahrain, and 1 from Kyrgyzstan.

This brings the number detainees so far to 34 Sudanese, 328 Yemenis, 72 Egyptians, 18 Turks, 3 Canadians, 1Kenyan, 10 Iranians, 4 Somalis, 207 Syrians, 2 Kyrgyzstanis, and 12 Bahrainis.

It should be noted that the number of detainees in the prisons of the General Investigation Directorate, according to the latest statistics of the Saudi Ministry of the Interior, reached 5,348, some of whom are serving their prison sentence and some are still in the process of appeal, and some are still under investigation.

Saudi Arabia is at the forefront of fighting terrorism.  During his recent visit to Riyadh UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked Riyadh for its generous support to the UN Counter-Terrorism Center. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the UN Counter-Terrorism Center and the Arab Interior Ministers’ Council. 


Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

Updated 21 September 2018
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Saudi envoy highlights Coalition’s support of humanitarian operations in Yemen

  • UN official briefd on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen

JEDDAH: Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jaber, Saudi ambassador to Yemen and executive director of the “Isnad” Center for Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations in Yemen, met on Thursday with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths.

During the meeting, Al-Jaber highlighted Saudi Arabia and the coalition states’ support of humanitarian operations in Yemen in light of violations committed by the Houthi militias.

He also briefed the UN official on the plans and projects of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen, affirming its support in accordance with three references (Gulf Initiative and its executive mechanism, outputs of the national dialogue and Security Council Resolution 2216).

Griffiths highlighted his efforts with the Iran-backed Houthi militias to return to the negotiating table.

Earlier, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsin Saleh met with Griffiths. They discussed the latest developments in the Yemeni arena and efforts for peace there.