Shumaisy riot: 1 inmate dead, several wounded

Updated 06 March 2014
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Shumaisy riot: 1 inmate dead, several wounded

One person was killed and at least nine were injured in a stampede after violence broke out among deportees at the Shumaisy deportation center on Sunday, said Col. Atih Al-Qureshi, police spokesman for the Makkah region.
According to sources, chaos erupted when several inmates attempted to climb the walls of the center and attack the guards on duty, creating panic.
Security forces soon arrived to bring the situation under control.
“Police had repeatedly warned inmates to calm down, but they began vandalizing the premises instead,” said Al-Qureshi.
The rioting lasted for several hours.
“All of the inmates at the deportation center are awaiting the completion of procedures before returning to their home countries,” he said.
Police would not give further details on the nationality of the victim and the injured or the circumstances surrounding the incident.
However, the violence is rumored to have been instigated by inmates of African descent, who had previously been accused of provoking similar acts of violence at the center.
A senior diplomat from the country in question refused to speak with Arab News on the matter.


King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

Updated 20 September 2019

King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

  • Xi told King Salman that China condemned an attack on the country’s oil facilities
  • He also called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
Xi told King Salman that China condemned the attacks on Aramco oil facilities that took place on Sept. 14 and called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation. 

He added that the attack is a “serious violation of the security and stability of Saudi Arabia,” and that China stands with the Kingdom.

The Chinese president also thanked King Salman for the positive measures Saudi Arabia has taken to ensure the continuation of oil supplies.