Saudi border guards foil drug smuggling bids

Saudi border guards had foiled attempts to smuggle large quantities of narcotics, hashish (cannabis), weapons and live ammunition inside the Kingdom in recent weeks. (SPA/File Photo)
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Updated 25 April 2020

Saudi border guards foil drug smuggling bids

  • The attempts were foiled during the first half of this year in several provinces

RIYADH: Saudi border guards had foiled attempts to smuggle large quantities of narcotics, hashish (cannabis), weapons and live ammunition inside the Kingdom, Colonel Ahmed Al-Towayan, the director of relations and media at the Ministry of Interior’s Agency for Security Affairs reported.

The attempts were foiled during the first half of this year across the provinces of Jizan, Najran, and Asir.

The haul included a total of 74 tons of the illicit intoxicating qat, 177 kilograms of hashish, 9,357 banned pills, 239 weapons of various types, and 3,362 live ammunition rounds.

Al-Towayan noted that some 2,307 people were arrested for involvement in the aborted attempts, in addition to SR2,839,955 ($754,654) and 2,268 vehicles being impounded. Authorities also arrested 11,967 people for violating residency, work and border security systems.


Saudi cybercamp to train jobseekers in programming

Updated 18 September 2020

Saudi cybercamp to train jobseekers in programming

A cybercamp to train jobseekers in the field of programming has been launched in Saudi Arabia.
The Human Resources Development Fund (Hadaf), in cooperation with the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), will run the skills initiative as part of the Tuwaiq Cybercamp training program.
Fifty trainees will take part in the learning scheme which will provide information on iOS and Android app programming, individual mentoring sessions, and practical application with certified programming certificates.
The accord also aims to provide support toward maintaining future job security.