German police train female Saudi border inspectors

The General Directorate of Border Guards is giving high priority to the training program. according to a top official.
Updated 22 March 2018

German police train female Saudi border inspectors

JEDDAH: Twenty Saudi female trainee border inspectors have completed their first advanced security training session in Riyadh this week in a joint security operation with the German police.
The operation was run under an agreement between the Saudi and German interior ministries.
Border Guards’ spokesman Col. Saher bin Mohammed Al-Harbi said that the session was part of a global skills training program that included personal security and protection, application of procedures and self-defense, identity verification, search and confiscation, anti-smuggling strategies, first aid, preliminary investigation and arrest and inspection.
Col. Al-Harbi said that the General Directorate of Border Guards gave high priority to the program as it represented an important step toward the development of human resources, civilian or military, by helping trainees to perform their duties effectively.
He said that the training session respected the morals of Islamic religion regarding the privacy and protection of women.
It was launched to help women deal with issues particular to the frontiers, which required a training plan, along with workshops and training sessions.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.