Attempts to smuggle cannabis through Saudi Arabia's southern border thwarted

46 people have been arrested in the southern border regions. (SPA)
Updated 12 September 2018

Attempts to smuggle cannabis through Saudi Arabia's southern border thwarted

  • 46 people of different nationalities were arrested

JEDDAH: The border guards in the southern Saudi regions of Jazan, Najran and Asir have foiled numerous cannabis-smuggling attempts throughout last month.
Border guards spokesperson Col. Saher Al-Harbi said 46 people of different nationalities were arrested after crossing the Kingdom’s southern borders.
“The suspects, along with the drugs seized, will be referred to the competent authorities to carry on with the necessary procedures,” he said.
“The border guards are determined to protect the Kingdom’s borders from all those targeting its security, stability and capability. They are ready to thwart any smuggling and infiltration attempts and enforce the laws in the face of those who violate them,” Al-Harbi emphasized.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 35 min 40 sec ago

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested COVID-19 vaccine

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.