November 11, 2013(ARABNEWS.COM) – Hundreds of Ethiopians, including at least 70 women, armed themselves with knives, rocks and broken bottles and threatened police, pedestrians and motorists in Manfouha district’s narrow streets. Anti-riot police fired in the air and used truncheons to break up the crowd. In the ensuing clashes, two men were killed — a Saudi and an Ethiopian. The Saudi victim, 32, was struck on the head with a rock. More than 70 people, including 28 Saudis, were injured and 104 vehicles were damaged. Several shops were ransacked. Police arrested 561 people. The district’s schools remained shut on Sunday, according to eyewitnesses. Riyadh police chief Brig. Gen. Naser Al-Qahtani said police had cordoned off central Riyadh to control the crowd and arrest troublemakers. Medical personnel reported that victims suffered concussions, bruises and knife wounds.On Sunday, police established an asylum center at the intersection of King Abdul Aziz Road, south of Riyadh Ring Road, where hundreds of undocumented Ethiopians surrendered in response to police calls.
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Riyadh police spokesman Brig. Gen. Nasser bin Saeed Al-Qahtani said: “Arrangements will be made to deport them immediately after going through their documents.”
On Saturday, the police asked violators to surrender to the authorities to facilitate their deportation to their respective countries.
Following clashes in Manfouha district on Saturday, Riyadh police asked illegal expatriates to report at a specified point for deportation to their home countries.
The police set up an asylum center for illegals at the intersection of the King Abdul Aziz Road with Riyadh Ring Road. Luxury coaches were provided by the police in Manfouha to ferry the asylum-seekers to the deportation center.
Violators, mostly Ethiopians, surrendered with their families at the center
During the police raid in Riyadh on Saturday, a major scuffle erupted which resulted in the death of three people, including a Saudi national, and injuries to 68 people, including 28 Saudis. Around 50 people who were admitted to the Al-Iman and Prince Salman Hospitals were discharged on Sunday. During the encounter, the police arrested 561 residents.
Before the end of the amnesty period, the government had specifically warned illegal expatriates of a SR100,000 fine and a jail term of two years. Illegal residents were given seven months to rectify their employment and residency status in the Kingdom.
Thousands of immigrants have been deported since Nov. 3, according to local media.