World Bulletin / News Desk
One illegal foreign worker was killed and nine others injured late Sunday in clashes between security forces and "rioters" inside a lodging camp in Makkah, a local official said.
Police spokesman Aati al-Qurashi said some illegal workers inside Shumaisi lodging camp engaged in rioting and damaged some property prompting security forces to intervene to contain the situation, according to local media.
One worker was killed in an ensuing stampede and nine others were injured, added the official, without stating their nationalities.
But Yemeni local media quoted some of the Yemeni workers inside the camp after Saudi forces fired tear gas and live bullets at workers protesting their three-month detention.
In November, two Ethiopians and a Saudi were killed in Riyadh after hundreds of illegal Ethiopian workers protested against their impending deportation.
Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers have been deported since the government introduced a new regulation on undocumented workers in March 2013.
Saudi Arabia deported 133,800 Yemeni nationals in 2013, according to a report by the Yemeni Parliament.
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labor announced in December that 80,000 Ethiopians and 50,000 Somalis had been sent to their countries.
One million illegal workers also left the kingdom during the amnesty period extended by King Abdullah to November 3.
According to UN reports, there are 9.1 million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia, which has a population of 28 million.
The unemployment rate is around 12 percent in Saudi Arabia and foreign workers comprise 55 percent of the total labor force.Last Mod: 03 Mart 2014, 11:07