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1 killed, 9 wounded as Saudi police intervene to quell workers' riot

Published on Mar 3, 2014 7:01 PM

DUBAI (REUTERS) - At least one expatriate man was killed and nine were wounded when Saudi security forces intervened to quell a riot at a holding facility for foreign workers awaiting deportation near the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi media reported on Monday.

The world's largest oil exporter is holding thousands of foreign workers who failed to correct irregularities in their work visas before an amnesty expired in November last year.

Saudi news websites quoted a spokesman for the Mecca police as saying that the riots erupted on Sunday at the al-Shemaisi holding facility by inmates awaiting processing of their documents before being deported when security forces moved in after they had caused damages to the facility.

"This prompted security men to intervene to deal with them in the appropriate manner to deter them from harming themselves or others," the Sabq online newspaper ( quoted Captain Aati bin Attiyah al-Qurashi, as saying.

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