Life Comes Back to Awamiyah, Eastern Province Governor Welcomes Town Delegation


Dammam- Saudi Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Eastern Province, said that the doors for forgiveness and amnesty are still open to those who have deviated from the right and have reformed with the will to stand by their country.

Speaking to a delegation of representatives and residents of the town of Al-Awamiyah in the governorate’s headquarters in the Eastern Region on Wednesday, Prince Saudi said that “the doors of amnesty and forgiveness are still open to all of who committed wrong.”

“And to those who have an opinion to share or a desire and to aid in the renaissance of the Kingdom and make this country better than others, the state welcomes all who wanted to do what’s right. Such has been the case since the beginning.”

He pointed out that life has returned to normal in Al-Awamiyah thanks to the cooperation of its people, praising the efforts of government agencies that are working to repair what was destroyed by terror attacks in the town.

Students are expected to return to schools next week.

More so, citizens have sensed the return of public services at the best level, whether from health centers or municipal, power services, water services, and other services.

Development projects approved by the relevant authorities in the Eastern region are also underway.

During the reception, which was attended by Prince Ahmed bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Governor of the Eastern Region, Dr. Abdullah Al-Nimr said in a speech on behalf of the people of Qatif have sensed authorities’ keenness to reform and rehabilitate youth involved in terrorist acts.

Fadel Ben Ali Al Nimr, President of the Peace Club in Al-Awamiyah, praised the efforts of concerned bodies to complete all development projects meeting the aspirations of people and preserve architectural and heritage identity of the province.

The Emir of the region thanked the people of Al-Awamiyah, stressing that every inch of this land is the focus of the concerns of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince, and all statesmen.

Prince Saud also pointed out to the Eastern Province’s overall development projects at all levels and in all fields. He stressed that the men of the Eastern Province are known for their national loyalty, their belonging and their love for Saudi Arabia.

Iran Exploited Gulf Waters to Extract Fugitives, Smuggle Arms

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Riyadh- Saudi investigations showed that a terror ring of five members linked to the architect of the Khobar tower attack, Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Mughassil, have revealed crucial intel on the arms and drug trafficking industry in the kingdom’s eastern province, Qatif.

Mughassil was given asylum by Iran for some 19 years—however now is in Saudi custody.

According to confessions of the five, arms smuggled into Saudi Arabia and handed over to armed groups in Qatif province came en route Arabian Gulf waters.

Weapons were being trafficked in by Iranian vessels, and were under Mughassil’s direct supervision.

The mastermind of the Khobar bombings is accredited to plotting one of the most violent terrorist and devastating terror attacks against American missions on foreign territory.

Not only did Iranian authorities arm terrorist groups in Qatif, but also contributed to aiding fugitives wanted in Saudi Arabia providing them with means to escape by sea and securing them asylum.

Investigations filed to Saudi Public Prosecution against the five suspects stand as evidence to the full-fledged support Iran gives to terrorists compromising Saudi national security.

Charges pressed against the five defendants involve the illicit purchase of a naval vessel from Bahrain-based parties, worth an estimated 70,000 riyals, to smuggle weapons into Saudi Arabia.

The five are also believed to hide information on escaping fugitives and participating as naval mercenaries in the Arabian Gulf.

Their tasks involved providing direct aid to those trying to escape the law in Saudi Arabia and arming Qatif-based extremists with weapons.

Interrogation details added that the suspects face charges of conspiring against regional stability, and advancing Iran’s expansionist agenda, for having withheld vital information on arms smuggling into the kingdom.

A few days ago, Saudi General Prosecution uncovered the way Iran planned to revive “Hezbollah al-Hejaz” through a case filed against five Saudis it accused of being trained on weapons inside the Iranian Revolutionary Guards camps.

The five Saudis, who can be described as “Iran’s powerful men in Saudi Arabia,” were also trained on the use of RPGs, which were also used lately by terrorists in the Awamiya town.

In addition, the five suspects are accused of receiving trainings on the use of other explosives, including TNT, RDX, C4 and others.

Seven Must-Know Facts on The Saudi Eastern Province Al-Masoura Neighborhood

Riyadh-Located in Al-Awamiya district of Al-Qatif region in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, Al-Masoura is an old and unpopulated neighborhood. All residences were valued and landlords received financial settlements. However, the neighborhood had regrettably found its way back into the limelight as it was mentioned several terrorist attacks.

Reports of clashes between the Saudi security forces and terrorist groups were also cited.

A NEW NEIGHBORHOOD

The Saudi government is seeking the construction of a typical commercial neighborhood project in the area. Most of the project’s blueprints consisted of modern housing units for town residents. It also included a market and independent retail outlets. ‘Heritage’ is the architectural backdrop of this new project. An archaeological zone, a cultural center, a public library, a gymnasium, restaurants, banquet halls, a commercial complex, and kindergartens are all included civilian facilities.

TERRORISTS

Terrorists are considered by the kingdom to be an outlawed group which has been committed to murder, intimidation and illicit arms dealings and drug trafficking. These terror cells are on some occasions found to be affiliated with foreign entities to which they are proxies. In Saudi Arabia’s case particularly, terror rings were dedicated to provoke strife and social chaos.

AL-MASOURA AND FUGATIVE TERRORISTS

A group of terror-linked members based themselves in the Al-Masoura’s old and abandoned buildings. Given the area’s urban design, terror bases and headquarters were situated not far from civilian homes. Arms dealers and drug traffickers’ activities, sporadic fire exchanges with security men and sniper led to many deaths and injuries.

AN EXTREMISTS’ HUB

The neighborhood became a residential compound to many terrorists local to the neighborhood and nearby areas. Taking up multiple strongholds in uninhibited houses , ultra-hardliners focused their crime activities to the murder and kidnapping of citizens and clerics, armed robbery, the promotion of drugs and alcohol and arms trafficking.
Incidents of wanted non-local extremists seeking refuge in the neighborhood were registered. Jafar al-Mabrik, who was recently killed in a shootout with security forces, is not local to Al-Masoura, but had sought shelter from nearby Qatif village.
Mabrik was found in the possession of a considerable amount of arms which he attempted to hide in the neighborhood.

HOW Al-MASSOURA AND Al-AWAMIYA RESIDENTS VIEW VIOLENCE?

About 300 Eastern Province clerics, social and cultural activists promote national solidarity and publicly back government efforts in preserving security. They laud all exertions of Saudi security servicemen “in maintaining the homeland security and confronting the attempts to tamper with national stability.”


WHERE DOES THE SAUDI GOVERNMENT STAND

The Saudi government has faced these rabble-rousers, aiming to compromise the kingdom’s security and stability, with patience and issuing multiple warnings. But in a move to protect and serve national security, after the third warning is overlooked by perpetrators, security officers intervene to prevent further harm and damage from being done to the people.
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Two Wanted in Qatif Turn Themselves in to Authorities

People examine the debris following a suicide bomb attack at the Imam Ali mosque in the eastern village of al-Qudaih in Saudi Arabia's Qatif province. Reuters

Dammam- Two people surrendered in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia on Sunday morning, five years after their names were included in a list of 23 wanted terrorists announced by the Saudi Interior Ministry.

The two wanted men, Ramzi M. al-Jammal and Ali H. al-Zaid, turned themselves in voluntarily to the authorities.

Their surrender comes 18 days after another man, Mohammed bin Issa al-Labbad, surrendered to security forces.

So far, eight men of the 23 on the list have given themselves over to authorities and only three remain after the others were killed in firefights with security forces.

Salman al-Faraj, Fadel al-Safwani and Mohammed al-Zaid are still at large.

Eastern Province Governor Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received them as part of an initiative he had launched to persuade fugitives to surrender to the police.

Mohammed bin Isa bin Saleh al-Labbad, another fugitive wanted in a string of security cases, surrendered to the Saudi police on June 19.

The handing over of the two wanted persons took place in the presence of their family members; Ramzi Al Jamal was accompanied by his father and three of his brothers to the governorate of the Eastern Province while Ali Al Zayed was accompanied by his father and one of his relatives.

Indirect contacts between the citizens and the wanted persons continued for several days so that the suspects could take advantage of the initiative launched by Prince Saud Bin Naif during the reception he gave to the citizens of al-Awamiya last Ramadan.

The Emir opened the door of repentance for those who were misguided but did not commit any terrorist crimes against the security men and the citizens.

On the other hand, more than 300 religious, social and cultural figures issued a statement in Qudaih city in Qatif Sunday, calling on people to support and stand up for security men to protect the homeland and to confront those who want to undermine its security and stability.

Bahrain, UAE, Egypt Condemn Terror Attack against Saudi Security Patrol

Each of Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE strongly condemned on Monday the gruesome terror attack against a security patrol in Al-Masoura district in Qatif governorate in Saudi Arabia.

Taking place on Sunday, the attack resulted in the death of a security officer and the injury of six others.

For its the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed in a statement sincere condolences to the martyr’s family and wished the wounded a speedy recovery.

It affirmed the Kingdom of Bahrain’s solidarity and stand with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its fight against all forms and manifestations of terrorism, and against its supporters and financiers in addition to its support for any measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to maintain its security and for all its efforts to promote regional and international peace and stability.

The Ministry also reiterates the Kingdom of Bahrain’s firm stance against violence, extremism and terrorism, calling for the need to maintain close international cooperation and concerted efforts to root out terrorism .

Saudi Security Officer Dies in Qatif Terror Attack

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Dammam– A Saudi security officer from the Saudi Emergency Forces (SEF), was killed on Sunday in al-Musawara district in Awamiyah in Qatif, east Saudi Arabia after an explosive device was detonated. Six of his colleagues were wounded and transferred to the hospital.

Governor of Eastern Province Prince Saud bin Naif visited the security men who were wounded during the terrorist attack at the Internal Security Forces Hospital in Dammam.

Upon his arrival, Prince Saud was briefed on the treatment of the wounded. He conveyed the greetings of King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, stressing that these wounds are a badge of honor.

The Prince said that security men are sacrificing their lives to safeguard the country against a group of people who thought it was okay to threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom.

He ensured that security forces will pursue those endangering Saudi Arabia if they don’t repent.

Security spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior Maj-Gen Mansour al-Turki said that at 8:30 in the morning on Sunday, a security patrol was attacked by an explosive projectile while carrying out its security tasks in al-Masoura district in Qatif governorate.

“The attack resulted in the martyrdom of Sergeant Mahdi bin Saeed Bin Dhafer al-Yami and the injury of six security men who were taken to the hospital and their condition is stable,” stated Turki.

He reiterated that security authorities have begun investigating the terrorist crime, which is still the subject of security monitoring.

Security men injured said that their sacrifices are only minor to protect the country adding that thwarting the attack is something that makes them proud. They confirmed that these injuries are badges of honor, stating that the Prince’s visit gave them the strength to return back to the field to protect the country.

A number of Qatif province citizens expressed their condemnation to the attacks of the terrorist group, praising the sacrifices of the security men to protect citizens from any attack.

Sheikh Hussein Al Suwaileh stated that Qatif citizens reject the terrorism and violence this group is trying to create in the city. He reiterated that the residents in Qatif denounce all terrorist actions and support the leadership.

Engineer Jaafar al-Shayeb confirmed that everyone stands as one with the leadership against terrorism, and everyone cooperates with the brave vigilant security men.

Sheikh Hussein Al Qoreish expressed Qatif’s appreciation for the security men’s sacrifices. He added that people in the province denounce the sabotage and destruction this group is trying to spread around.

Saudi Sentenced to Death for Targeting Security Men, Civilians in Qatif

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Riyadh- The Supreme Judicial Council issued on Thursday an initial death sentence in the case of a Saudi who has targeted security men and civilians in Qatif, east of the kingdom, through shooting them while performing their duties.

He also targeted a diplomatic vehicle through setting street fires, raided a school and shot one of the teachers for offending terrorists.

The convicted was also involved in intensive and random shooting at security patrols during a raid of one the of the wanted men in Qatif – in another raid, he also interfered while others were accompanying him and providing him with ammunition.

The Saudi man – along with others – monitored the movement of security patrols in Awamiya for the sake of targeting them. He communicated with his accomplices through one of the push to talk applications (Zello).

He got involved in various armed robberies of stores and stealing vehicles under the threat of a weapon.

The convicted was arrested in Qudaih, possessing an unlicensed weapon and carrying out processes of buying and selling weapons.

Given the crimes of the convicted, the court has issued a death sentence in his case and has decided to confiscate his weapon, ammunition and phone devices.

Saudi security bodies were victim to several terrorist attacks in Qatif, during performing their tasks, leading to the death of a number of security men and damage to their vehicles.

In the past weeks, security men carried out a raid that thwarted 23 members of the terrorist list announced by the Ministry of Interior.

Soldier Killed, Another Injured in Terrorist Attack in Qatif

A Saudi border guard patrol has come under fire in Qatif governorate, leaving soldier Sergeant Mohammed Hussein Hazazi dead and soldier Sergeant Khalid Muaber Hakami injured, the security spokesman of the ministry of interior said on Friday.

The Saudi Press Agency quoted the spokesman as saying that the attack took place at 10:00 pm Thursday.

The patrol was carrying out its mission along Al-Rams coast when the attack happened, the spokesman said.

The competent security authorities have launched an investigation into this terrorist crime, he added.

Saudi Interior Ministry Confirms Authorities Executing Four Terror Convicts

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry confirmed on Tuesday that authorities carried out capital punishment against four convicts responsible for numerous terror attacks in Qatif in the eastern part of the kingdom.

A statement released by the ministry named the convicts as Amjad Naji al-Moebid, Zaher Abdulrahim al-Basri, Yousif Ali Almushaikhis and Mahdi Mohammed Hassan Sayegh.

Al-Basri and the other three convicts were found guilty of plotting and staging several terror attacks that date back as far as 2011.

The four are also guilty of opening fire against their guardians, using weapons and explosive devices that targeted the Tarut police station and several security patrol units in the restive Eastern Province area.

King Salman: KSA Will Face Whoever Dares to Harm Its Stability, Security

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The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has said that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is determined to firmly face whoever dares to harm its stability and security and hold them accountable.

This came in telephone calls the monarch made today with the fathers of two soldiers who were killed in terrorist attacks in Al-Masuara district in Qatif governorate yesterday.

Lance Corporal Adel bin Faleh bin Ayed Al-Otaibi and Corporal Abdullah Traiki Al-Turki were killed when their patrols were hit by two projectiles from unknown attackers.