Saudi Customs halts export of medications, pharmaceutical devices

This picture taken on March 15, 2020 shows a view outside the emergency entrance of a hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh. (File/AFP)
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Updated 20 March 2020

Saudi Customs halts export of medications, pharmaceutical devices

  • The decision is aimed to ensure the safety of citizens and expatriates in the Kingdom

DUBAI: Export of medicines, pharmaceutical and medical devices will be halted on Friday, the Saudi Customs announced in a circular sent to its land, sea and air customs ports as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19, state news agency SPA reported.
The decision is aimed to ensure the safety of citizens and expatriates in the Kingdom, the Saudi Customs said.


Saudi Arabia’s civil defense rescues hundreds from floods after torrential rain

Updated 05 August 2020

Saudi Arabia’s civil defense rescues hundreds from floods after torrential rain

  • More than 600 people have been provided with shelter
  • The Asir region was the hardest hit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s civil defense has saved almost 700 people after torrential rain caused flooding in several areas of the Kingdom.
Between July 26 to Aug. 4, 77 people including 11 families, have been rescued in Makkah, Madinah, Asir, Jazan, and Al-Baha, the media center of the General Directorate of Civil Defense said Wednesday.
More than 600 people have been provided with shelter, including three families.
The Asir region was the hardest hit and had the highest number of rescues, while the lowest was Madinah with one rescue.
The center said eight committees have been formed in a number of affected areas to limit the damage and losses from the rain.
Civil defense called on citizens and residents in areas experiencing torrential rains in the Kingdom to take precautions and not to walk in the valleys or wide and avoid torrents of water, to move away from areas exposed to flooding caused by heavy rains.