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Ethiopian migrant killed in Saudi crackdown
The man was trying to resist arrest, authorities say, as they pursue a crackdown on illegal workers, arresting 16,000.
Source: Al Jazeera
An Ethiopian migrant has been killed by Saudi police after he tried to flee arrest during a round-up of thousands of foreigners suspected of working illegally in the kingdom.
A statement on Wednesday by Riyadh police chief Nasser el-Qahtani said security forces killed the African migrant worker in el-Manhoufa a day earlier when he and others tried to resist arrest.
The security sweep comes after seven months of warnings by Saudi Arabia's government, which has created a task force of 1,200 Labour Ministry officials who are combing shops, construction sites, restaurants and businesses in search of foreign workers employed without proper permits.
More than 16,000 people have already been rounded up, according to authorities.
Strict labour law
Police have also erected checkpoints to enforce the kingdom's strict labour rules that make it almost impossible to remain in the country without official sponsorship by an employer.
Residents said most shops have been closed since the sweep began on Monday, with many of the country's migrants avoiding the streets where they face possible arrest.
The state-backed Saudi Gazette reported on Wednesday that residents are already feeling the brunt of the everyday work the migrants provided, from ritual washings of corpses before burial to food delivery and bagging groceries.
Authorities say that since warnings were issued earlier this year, almost seven million foreigners in Saudi Arabia corrected their paperwork to accurately reflect their occupation and workplace.
The kingdom also issued more than one million final exit visas, which ban people from ever returning.
The Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported that authorities detained around 16,500 workers in the first 48 hours of the nationwide crackdown.
The newspaper quoted Saudi officials as saying that nearly half of the migrants were arrested near the southern border with Yemen.
Another 5,000 had been detained in Mecca, where some Muslims stay on illegally after pilgrimage.
Less than 1,000 were detained in the main city of Riyadh.
A resident in the poorer neighborhood of el-Manhoufa in Riyadh told the Associated Press news agency he saw police stopping people outside a mosque after prayers and arresting those who did not have the correct papers on them.
It is very sad to be immigrant.
I am hopeful in the near future, it will be over. Ethiopia will be great soon. They need us like they used to be. We helped them when they were needy. They forgot it.
Ethiopian unite against poverty and ignorance.
Dear Assta Getu, above,
I felt sad to read such a shocking comment from an Ethiopian. I am christian and Ethiopian, but I’ve never seen or heard a destructive and thoughtless comment like yours being uttered by an Ethiopian. Don’t you know that Ethiopians, Christians and Muslims, have lived for centuries side by side with mutual respect? Look at the distance between the Grand Mosque and Ragu’el Orthodox Church. Please don’t comment anymore until you know what to say; and of course you can’t claim to be an Ethiopian with this rotten personality and dark mind!
I am Orthodox Christian and I just want to give you a little advice. “Education will not hurt you, please go to school or read a little more before exposing how stupid you are to the rest of the World.”
The best medicine is not to send any more maids to Saudi Arabia. Saudi’s cannot survive a day without the help of millions of migrant workers who do every kind of job in the kingdom. I say we spoiled them by sending dirt cheap labor. Does everyone know that we sent 450,000 maids the last two years alone? I am talking through Bole Airport. Even more through illegal channels.
By the way, who let the dog out?
Nazret has to put their official Chihuahua puppy on a leash. It appears the poor deacon is suffering from rabies.
Assta christian . last time i know only whites are christian not blacks lol
It is not the Muslim versus Christians that make us Ethiopians, our unity is the one .Lets not try to split the hair. What happened in Saudi, is a tragic event. our citizen has been killed by the police and it is a grave violation of international law. The Ethiopian embassy need to follow the case and bring the culprits to justice.
It is not clear why there is so much pressure on illegals. Is that because of cooling down America and Saudi relations? at the end of the day the poor are getting hurt. I know Ethiopian Embassy will not be that concerned. Ethiopia land of first Muslim Immigrants. At least Saudis should think about its measures and legalize those who did not commit crime, and also put a strict police system to prevent future crime.
The culture we have In Ethiopia is we assumed by immigrating to foreign countries, we are guaranteed for better life. Sadly it’s the other way around for most, specifically in the Arab countries.
@ taye shefo. Listen she is telling. You to go to school i Say yes shefo. U need to go to school coz ur comment is way OUT of t’he reiality .
Did u hear at one time,, on youtube used to say deport ETHIOPIAN CHHRISTIANS to their Habesha land.? Even though, I don’t support extrimism from.both sect of religions.
Nothing is wrong if Asta Getu got followers like Dimtsachin Yisema, let’s not play double standard here. It is realy sad ti hear this kind of stories about our Ethiopian brothers and sisters. But the bittom line is they are not good for Ethiopians whether u ar Dimtsachin YIZEGA MUSLIMS OR CHRISTIAN EXTRIMISTS.
I am not surprised at all that this kind of tragedy happens in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis had to be the worst human species ever crawled on this planet. If they ever had the power they would have been worse than Hitler. I hope the day will come that renewable energy will be the norm in this world, and that shit-hole they call Saudi Arabia will be irrelevant and becomes the door-mat of mankind.
I spit on you cowards!
Long live Ethiopia.
Arabs, Arabs. When the oil is up. Your next generation will emigrate to Ethiopia. Then we will f…. your wife, children and mother. Not only that, when the oil is finished America and other western will abondon you.
Islam is the worst form of medieval barbarism that masquerades as a religion. .. I was born a moslem but seeing firsthand how the saudis and other arabs treat non-arab moslems and non-moslems(khafirs) I concluded that anyone who claim “.Islam is a religion of Peace, Love, and Brotherhood.” is telling
a ” cock-and-bull story ” and a ” bull-sh** .
You are a born again evangelist now? Retard You are not fooling anyone. you are the regular deptra in disguise. You stink from far like any stinky cave dwelling deptra.
talk about medieval. Since when you cave dwelling beasts become civilized?
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