Ethiopian illegal worker killed during scuffle with police

Updated 08 November 2013

Ethiopian illegal worker killed during scuffle with police

An Ethiopian living illegally in the Kingdom was killed by security forces in Riyadh on Wednesday as he tried to grab a policeman’s weapon during a raid.
The incident occurred in the south of Riyadh during ongoing operations by security authorities to arrest violators.
Riyadh police have arrested 1,794 illegal expatriates in the capital, bringing the total number of detained illegals in the Kingdom to 11,756 on Wednesday.
According to an official from Riyadh police, the arrested workers were from 14 different nationalities. Ethiopian nationals topped the list of those arrested.
Riyadh police spokesman Brig. Nasser bin Saeed Al-Qahtani said that the Ethiopian national, who resisted arrest, died in the scuffle from gunshot injuries. His body is currently being kept at the morgue of the King Saud Medical Complex in Riyadh.
In Jeddah, over 13,000 people have been rounded up by police since the inspection raids began Monday. 1st Lt. Nawaf Al-Bouq, spokesman for Jeddah police, confirmed the latest statistics.
More than 500 officers took part in inspection campaigns aimed at arresting illegal expats and reorganizing the labor market.
Al-Bouq told Arab News that the detained violators came mainly from Pakistan, Egypt, Eritrea, Somalia, Indonesia, India and Yemen.
He said the raids covered most Jeddah neighborhoods. “We focused on strongholds in which violators are usually found, such as Al-Kandara, Al-Baghdadiyah, Al-Hindawiyah, Al-Mazloom and Jeddah’s old town,” he said.
“We transferred violators to a housing center for accommodation, where people were grouped according to nationality,” he said. “We then ascertain whether any of the violators have criminal records before deporting them.”
More than 70 percent of violators were caught without proof of identity or official documentation in their possession. Some of them tried to escape but we were able to detain them,” he said.
Meanwhile, Makkah police rounded up more than 12,000 violators during the same period.
Lt. Col. Abd Al-Muhsin Al-Maiman, spokesman for Makkah police, said the campaign focused “on main squares and public places, in addition to locations that had been earlier designated by the investigation unit.”
In the Eastern Province more than 1,000 illegal workers have been arrested in raids. Police targeted shops and markets during the raids which began Monday.
Speaking to Arab News, Col. Ziyad Al-Ruqaiti said: “We have arrested 1,275 undocumented foreign workers in the last two days. They will be handed over to the officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs.”

Md Rasooldeen, Nadim Al-Hamid & Saeed Al-Asmari contributed to this report


Riyadh roads turn green as world’s largest urban greening project branches out

Based on experience, roads and streets without trees contain eight to 10 times the amount of dust compared with streets lined with trees on both sides. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 03 August 2020

Riyadh roads turn green as world’s largest urban greening project branches out

  • Capital gets a facelift as Vision 2030 program works to plant 7.5 million trees
  • Most of the tree species used in the project are from a well-developed local environment with low agricultural service and care

RIYADH: The Green Riyadh project, one of the world’s largest urban greening initiatives, is rapidly bearing fruit as it transforms main roads in the capital.

Major thoroughfares, including King Khalid, Makkah and King Salman roads, are getting a facelift as part of the Vision 2030 goal of improving quality of life in the city.
Dr. Fahad Al-Mana, a professor of Ornamental Plants, Gardens and Green Areas at King Saud University, told Arab News that native tree species being used for the project include Ziziphus spina-christi, Acacia gerrardii and Prosopis cineraria, commonly known as the ghaf tree.
According to Al-Mana, the trees can survive in harsh desert conditions and will grow without intensive agricultural care.
“Most of the tree species used in the planting of the Green Riyadh project are from a well-developed local environment with low agricultural service and care,” he said.
Environmental conditions in Riyadh were taken into account during the tree selection process. The species can grow to a large size in only three years.
“In some locations, they have moved large 3-year-old local trees that were taken care of in plant nurseries to new locations where they are growing successfully,” Al-Mana said.
Green Riyadh will increase the amount of greenery in the city and augment the green cover in the Saudi capital with the planting of 7.5 million trees around the city’s main features and facilities.
The project will reduce the average ambient temperature by 2 degrees Celsius and improve air quality, encouraging people to follow a healthier lifestyle by walking or cycling.

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• The project will reduce the average ambient temperature by 2 degrees Celsius and improve air quality, encouraging people to follow a healthier lifestyle by walking or cycling.

• The project will maximize the use of recycled water in irrigation works by increasing usage from 90,000 cubic meters per day to more than 1 million cubic meters per day through the construction of a new recycled water network.

• Green space in the city will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent by 2030

“The aim of planting trees in the streets is to provide shade and moderate the temperature, especially in summer, which contributes to the purification of air and reduces environmental pollution by protecting the city from sand storms, winds and dust. In addition, it gives an aesthetic view and the element of nature enters the city and nearby structures,” said Al-Mana.
He added that trees, especially those planted in central street islands, must have long trunks and high branches to avoid hindering the movement of pedestrians and cars. The trunk must measure at least 3 to 4 meters and the size of the trees planted must be proportional to the width of the island.
Al-Mana said green space in the city will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent by 2030.
According to the Green Riyadh website, the project will maximize the use of recycled water in irrigation works by increasing usage from 90,000 cubic meters per
day to more than 1 million cubic meters per day through the construction of a new recycled water network.
Al-Mana said the Green Riyadh project will also reduce carbon dioxide and impurity levels in the city.
“Based on experience, roads and streets without trees contain eight to 10 times the amount of dust compared with streets lined with trees on both sides,” he said.