Runaway workers: Daily average 880

Updated 13 December 2015
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Runaway workers: Daily average 880

RIYADH: A total of 316,632 expatriates were declared runaway workers in one year in 1435 A.H., according to the Ministry of Labor (MoL).
The figures mean that on an average almost 880 workers, including women, were reported missing from work on a daily basis during the year, local media reported.
The workers are registered as missing if they don’t show up for work in the data of the National Information Center in the Interior Ministry, the ministry report added. The number of absconding workers in the private sector was recorded at 230,349 and domestic workers at 86,283.
The ministry stressed that it always seeks to protect the rights of migrant workers.
As part of its measures, the ministry suspended its electronic services to 86 facilities for failing to abide by its directives.
Computer services were restored at 102 facilities after they addressed the workers’ grievances.
Besides, 675 complaints were addressed and 13 cases were solved mutually, the ministry added.


Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

Updated 17 January 2019
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Investigation into alleged mistakes in Yemen find coalition forces acted properly

JEDDAH: The Joint Incident Assessment Team in Yemen (JIAT) has investigated four allegations made by international governmental and non-governmental organizations and media about mistakes made by coalition forces while carrying out military operations inside Yemen.
JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said that the team concluded that the procedures followed by the coalition forces were proper and safe, taking into consideration the rules of engagement, international humanitarian law and the coalition’s own rules.
Team members visited a number of cities in Yemen, including Aden, Lahj and Khor Maksar, during the investigation and spoke to witnesses, victims and their families to gather evidence and establish the facts.
In one of the incidents that was investigated, coalition warship fired on and destroyed a craft in the waters off the Yemeni port of Al-Khokha in September. Al-Mansour said that after examining documents and evidence JIAT had concluded that an alliance ship was escorting and protecting a flotilla of three Saudi merchant ships when, in an area off the port of Al-Khokha, a boat was spotted approaching the convoy at a high speed from the direction of the Yemeni coast.
The escort ship followed the accepted rules of engagement by repeatedly warning the unidentified vessel, using loudspeakers, not to come any closer. When these went unheeded, warning shots were fired but the boat continued to approach.
“On reaching an area that represented a threat to the convoy, the protection ship tackled the boat according to the rules of engagement and targeted it, resulting in an explosion on the boat,” said Al-Mansour. “The protection ship continued escorting the convoy. After the escort task was completed, the protection ship returned to the site of the targeted boat to carry out a search-and-rescue operation for the crew of the target boat but no one was found.”