Arrests made over alleged filthy drinking water business near Jeddah

A combination of screengrabs from a video shared on social media shows a water pump and the drainage canal allegedly being used in a drinking water business in Bahra, near Jeddah.
Updated 11 April 2017
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Arrests made over alleged filthy drinking water business near Jeddah

JEDDAH: Several people have been held for investigation for allegedly selling drinking water drawn from a drainage canal near Jeddah, the Makkah Governorate said in a statement on Monday.
It said Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed ordered an investigation into the issue after a video clip went viral on social media showing water being pumped from a canal in the village of Bahra supposedly as part of the drinking water business.
The video clip shows an electric water pump drawing water from the canal. It does not show where the hose leads to.
After confirming the veracity of the video, several people involved in the operation were arrested and referred for further legal proceedings against them, the governorate said in a statement.
Teams from the National Water Company inspected the location and identified infringements, then officially submitted the matter to pertinent authorities to address the situation.
The company said the sewage channel that appeared in the video is a stream for the triple treatment of sewage water coming from treatment stations in Bahra and Arna, and passing through Jeddah city.
The NWC inspected the areas surrounding the channel and the treatment stations in Bahra and Arna to make sure there were no additional infringements.
Bahra is located along the road to Makkah city from Jeddah.

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Sirens to ring out over Riyadh as Saudi’s Civil Defense test warning system

Updated 18 September 2019

Sirens to ring out over Riyadh as Saudi’s Civil Defense test warning system

Warning sirens will sound over Riyadh on Thursday as the General Directorate of Civil Defense carries out tests on its public alarm system.

The test, which will also take place in Ad-Dilam, Diriyah and Khafji, are being carried out to ensure the sirens are effective and ready, Directorate of Civil Defense spokesman in Riyadh, Lt. Col. Mohammed Al-Hammadi, said.

The tests come as Saudi Arabia – backed by international world powers – investigates Saturday’s attacks on the Aramco oil facilities.

The Saudi Aramco facilities were hit in drone strikes earlier this week, causing fires to break out.

The Houthis claimed responsibility, but the United States believes the attacks originated in southwestern Iran, a US official told Reuters, an assessment that further increases tension in the Middle East.

In response, Iran issued a denial, warning it would respond to any attacks.