Over 3 million Saudi women without IDs

Updated 17 August 2016
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Over 3 million Saudi women without IDs

JEDDAH: More than 3 million Saudi women, aged 15 and above, do not have national IDs.
The number of applications from women for IDs has jumped from 70,000 to 104,000 in just seven days, said Mohammed Al-Jasser, Civil Affairs spokesman.
Many citizens have complained about the difficulty in getting appointments at the Civil Affairs offices, especially in the Eastern Province.
This has forced the applicants to wait several months for IDs and as a result, they have missed employment opportunities because IDs are mandatory for Saudis seeking jobs.
To deal with it, Al-Jasser said the Civil Affairs prepared a plan to receive a large number of applicants and reduce crowding by opening more offices for women in all regions.
The plan also includes increasing the capacity of employees to process applications at some offices during weekends and evening hours in order to serve as many women as possible.
Several bodies and agencies, such as the General Directorate of Passports, colleges, telecom service providers, courts, and the National Center for Assessment, made the national ID mandatory for completing employment procedures. This resulted in overcrowding in the Civil Affairs offices all over the Kingdom.


Major developments to follow Hodeidah airport liberation: Coalition Spokesperson

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Major developments to follow Hodeidah airport liberation: Coalition Spokesperson

RIYADH: The Spokesperson for Saudi-led Arab coalition forces in Yemen Col. Turki Al-Maliki said that work is in progress with the Yemeni government to r stabilize Hodeidah as soon as possible.

In statements to Al Arabiya News Channel, Wednesday, the spokesman said great developments will happen in Hodaidah when its airport is fully liberated.
Al-Maliki noted that the coalition is exploring all means to to persuade Iran backed Houthi militias to accept the political solution tabled by the UN.

Col. Turki also pointed that there are no human losses reported in the Hodiadah offensive to liberate the airport so far. However, Al-Maliki said Houthis are using civilians as human shields which is against international laws.

“Houthis are preventing civilians from leaving Hodeidah and are using them as human shields in the battle.”

Al-Maliki said the coalition has offered assurances to the international community that it will protect civilians, adding that the coalition has finalized plans to rehabilitate Hodeidah and its vital installations once the war is over.