Water shortage hits Jeddawis

Updated 08 September 2015
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Water shortage hits Jeddawis

JEDDAH: Citizens and residents in some areas of the city are forced to wait for up to three days for tankers from the National Water Company (NWC), a local online publication reported on Monday.
Many said that despite repeated promises by NWC officials, they were not able to get their water on time. This has caused problems for many elderly people, the report stated.
Nassir Hassan, a resident of Al-Muntazahat, said he stopped receiving water a week ago. When he telephoned the company, an official told him they would contact him after 10 hours but this did not happen.
When he visited the company, he found that his complaint had not been registered. After he registered, he was told that water would be available in seven hours, and that there was a problem with the company’s management.
Mossa Eidan, a resident of Tahlia who is in his 70s, said he contacted the company on Thursday. It has now been five days and he has not received any water.
Umm Khalid Al-Shamrani of Al-Waziriyah said she was told to visit the company to get water. However, when she arrived in a taxi at the company’s premises, there were no water tankers left. She had no option but to look elsewhere for water, which was an inconvenience because she had guests at her home.


Saudi Arabia stands firm in supporting Palestinian cause

Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, Saudi ambassador to the UN in Geneva. (SPA)
Updated 33 sec ago

Saudi Arabia stands firm in supporting Palestinian cause

  • Saudi envoy described the Israeli premier’s planned move as a “flagrant violation” of the Charter of the UN and the principles of international law and norms

GENEVA: Saudi Arabia has renewed its condemnation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex part of the occupied West Bank if he wins elections.
The Kingdom also called on the international community to push for a full Israeli withdrawal from Palestinian and Arab territories occupied since 1967. Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Wasel, Saudi ambassador to the UN in Geneva, told a meeting that Netanyahu’s victory pledge to apply Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea was “a very dangerous escalation” of the situation.
Speaking about human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, the envoy described the Israeli premier’s planned move as a “flagrant violation” of the Charter of the UN and the principles of international law and norms.  
Al-Wasel affirmed the entitlement of the Palestinians to regain their occupied territories and national rights and noted that Israel’s policy of trying to impose a fait accompli would not succeed “in obliterating the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”
He said that Saudi Arabia stood firm in fully supporting the Palestinians and rejecting injustice, and that the Palestinian cause remained one of the Kingdom’s foreign policy priorities.
Calling for a complete Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in 1967, Al-Wasel pointed to his country’s full backing for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the occupied territories with East Jerusalem as its capital.