More Filipinos evacuated from Yemen

Updated 12 April 2015
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More Filipinos evacuated from Yemen

A total of 240 Filipinos out of the 464 have been evacuated from war-torn Yemen since April 5, Philippines Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago has said.
Among those evacuated, by land through the Saudi-Yemen border, were nine other foreigners, Tago told Arab News from Jazan.
“The last batch was evacuated on April 9 and included 79 Filipinos and six foreigners,” he said, adding that the foreigners included four Singaporeans, a Yemeni couple and an Egyptian nurse.
“They started their trip from Sanaa in the morning and arrived in Saudi Arabia in the evening of the same day,” the envoy said.
The group was assisted at the border by a team from the Consulate General led by acting Consul General Leo Tito L. Ausan Jr. The embassy in Riyadh arranged their flights from Jazan to Riyadh and Manila.
“I wish to thank the Saudi government for allowing entry of evacuees from Yemen through the Tuwal border and granting them transit visas,” Tago said.
The processing at the Saudi-Yemeni border has been generally smooth, he said. “There are composite teams from the embassy and the consulate at the border to assist in the processing of entry of Filipino evacuees.”
Tago said that at present, three Filipinos in Sanaa and 42 in Saada, northern Yemen, have registered for repatriation.
“The Philippine Embassy’s crisis management team in Sanaa, led by Consul Winston Dean Almeda, is arranging for the next group of evacuees, mainly from Saada,” he said.
Tago appealed to all Filipinos in Yemen to immediately contact the embassy team to arrange for their evacuation.
“I was in Yemen from March 20 to April 5 to urge all Filipinos there to leave and avail themselves of the mandatory repatriation. Starting in October 2014, the Philippine government raised the alert level to 3 and advised everyone to leave Yemen,” he said.


Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

Updated 22 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

  • Four attackers were killed in failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on Interior Ministry building in Zulfi
  • The Presidency of State Security released identities of the 4 attackers

RIYADH: Thirteen people were arrested after finding plans to execute criminal acts that were targeting the Kingdom’s security, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.
The statement published by SPA included the names of the 13 men arrested, in addition to their civil ID numbers.
The spokesperson for the Saudi Presidency of State Security said explosive belts were found during a raid on the house of the Zulfi attackers.
Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on an Interior Ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh on Sunday.
The four terrorists that were killed belonged to Daesh.
The Presidency of State Security released the identities of the four attackers: Abdullah Hamoud Al-Hamoud, Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Mansour, Samer Abdulaziz Al-Madid and Salman Abdulaziz Al-Madid.

Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, rented by Abdullah Al-Hamoud, one of the four perpetrators, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives and explosive belts.
A total of five explosive belts were found, four of which were worn by the perpetrators, and another inside a car. The belts contain detonating keys and grenades with shrapnel-like screws.
Authorities also seized 64 homemade grenades, 61 pipe fittings, of which nine were being processed as pipe bombs, three mobile phones, three pressure cookers ready for detonation, two Kalashnikov machine guns, six pistols, and other various weapons.
They also found four bags (74,900 kg) containing organic fertilizers, along with sets of laboratory glass containers, a number of plastic containers, a package of liquid chemical containers, sulfur-fiber cartons, a homemade explosive detonator and a set of screws that were equipped with shrapnel.
Authorities also seized a set of ATM cards, two national identity cards, SR 228, a number of publications and CD-ROMs with content related to terrorist organization.
The Presidency of State Security said it is continuing to follow up with terrorist elements that threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom.