Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Lebanese protesters block a main road near Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport, amidst ongoing protests against dire economic conditions, on October 18, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.


Northern Borders governor inspects healthcare center  

Updated 24 January 2021

Northern Borders governor inspects healthcare center  

RAFHA: Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan, governor of the Northern Borders region, inspected the Talaat Al-Temyat Healthcare Center on Sunday as part of his inspection visits to the cities, centers, and villages of Rafha governorate.

The governor started by visiting the delayed People’s Celebrations Center project and listening to an explanation from the region’s mayor, Shammam Al-Shammari, about the reasons for the delays. He was also briefed on the most important obstacles facing the contractors’ workflow, the solutions adopted to complete the project, the proposed solutions and the timeline set for the implementation.

After that, Prince Faisal inspected the health services provided at the Talaat Al-Temyat Healthcare Center, where he met patients and visitors and listened to their comments and needs.

He also met the medical and administrative staff and gave his directives to ensure the provision of high-quality services to patients and primary healthcare to citizens.

The governor toured the neighborhoods and the public park and visited some of the projects under implementation.

He urged the mayor to take into account the integration of services in order to meet the needs of different age groups, prepare parks with suitable facilities, and ensure the provisions of all safety means, in addition to enhancing municipal services.

Prince Faisal stressed the importance of advancing the services provided to citizens and the need to implement development projects in a way that is in the public interest.