Saudi probe shows Jabal Ghulamah blaze ‘arson’

Saudi probe shows Jabal Ghulamah blaze ‘arson’
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Updated 29 October 2020

Saudi probe shows Jabal Ghulamah blaze ‘arson’

Saudi probe shows Jabal Ghulamah blaze ‘arson’
  • Tens of thousands of perennial trees — including wild olives, neems, junipers, and acacias were destroyed

RIYADH: A probe into the last week’s fire that broke out in the Ghulamah Mountains in Tanuma governorate, north of Asir, indicated that three border violators caused the blaze.

According to an Interior Ministry spokesman, the suspects are Ethiopian nationals who set fire to the area following a dispute and fled.

They have been arrested and referred to the competent authorities for legal action.

The fire destroyed an area of more than 4.7 million sq. m before it was brought under control by the Saudi Civil Defense team.

Tens of thousands of perennial trees — including wild olives, neems, junipers, and acacias — some of which are over 50 years old — were also destroyed.

The operation was carried out under the direct supervision of the Asir governor with the participation of all government and civil services, as well as teams from Al-Namas and Tanuma governorates.


Saudi FM: Kingdom committed to resolving regional tensions

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Saudi FM: Kingdom committed to resolving regional tensions

Saudi FM: Kingdom committed to resolving regional tensions

Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said that Saudi Arabia was committed to the “diplomatic resolution of regional tensions,” during the IISS Manama Dialogue on Saturday.

Saudi Arabia – along with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt – severed diplomatic ties with Doha in June 2017. They accused Qatar of supporting regional extremist organizations and terrorist groups, and want the country to change its policies as a condition for dialogue.

Saudi Arabia continues its commitment to “maintaining multilateral frameworks to tackle the challenges we face today,” the prince said during the dialogue discussions taking place in Bahrain.

 

In addressing regional security and stability, the minister also highlighted the Palestinian-Israel issue and the need to reach a deal.

“For Saudi, it is critical to get the Israelis and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table. That is the only way to bring about lasting regional peace,” he said.