Saudi rebuilds a town previously infested by terrorists

August 1, 2018 2:07 pm

Despite a Houthi-led onslaught on Saudi towns and oil ships, the Kingdom just announced it was in the process of rebuilding a town that had been a den for Al-Qaida, at the cost of $63.5 million, so far.

Riyadh had in 2017 cleaned Awamiyah from armed protesters deemed terrorists bent on dissent and destabilizing the country as a whole and who were using the area’s abandoned buildings and winding narrow streets as hideouts.

Over a year after Saudi troops confronted armed riots in the eastern coastal village of al-Awamiyah, the town witnessed major reconstruction projects.

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Awamiyeh to thrive

According to Saudi local news reports, the city will witness innovative reconstruction never seen and that 30% of the renovation was completed at a cost of $63.5 million, according to Saudi Asharq Al Awsat daily.

The renovation plans aim at transforming the rubbles of old homes into a modern township.

Al Masoura project reflects the government’s resolve to help residents overcome the tough experience they underwent because of armed groups and to provide an environment adequate for residential activity that combines local, cultural and economic heritage, said the daily.

Saud Bin Nayef, the Governor of the Eastern Province, had laid the cornerstone of the project in February to develop the center of Awamiyah, previously known as Masoura.

The development consists of establishing a number of buildings including towers, a commercial center, and a heritage center.

The heritage center represents the heart of the project; it consists of three buildings and includes a library and conferences and exhibitions hall.

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Houthi attacks condemned

Bahrain on Monday condemned the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen for targeting last week two Saudi Aramco oil tankers in the Bab al-Mandeb Strait.

A Bahraini cabinet session presided over by Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, slammed the attack as a “cowardly terrorist escalation that poses a serious threat to the freedom of international trade and maritime navigation in Bab al-Mandab Strait and the Red Sea.”

The cabinet affirmed Manama’s full support for the Kingdom, voicing its backing of the measures it deems necessary to protect its resources, security, and stability.

A residential building in Saudi Arabia’s Jizan region was damaged on Tuesday in a projectile attack by the Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen.

The projectile was fired by the Houthis from Yemeni territory towards the al-Mahanesh village in the Samta province, said Jizan civil defense spokesman Abdullah al-Qahtani.

It was uncovered after the attack that no one was injured.

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