The developmental projects which Saudi Arabia is carrying out in the Masura neighborhood in Awamiyah are being confronted with intimidation from Iranian extremist cells and religious parties. Their aim is to provide safe havens for organizations in the abandoned houses whose dwellers left them or in the remains of ruined houses whose dwellers prefer to move out from towards developed neighborhoods and vital areas.
There’s no doubt that the old neighborhood is damaged. For the past three decades, human rights organizations have spoken about the Saudi government’s “intentional negligence” towards several areas including Awamiyah.
The government has been planning restoration and development works in Awamiyah for a while now. The terrorist phenomenon may have expedited the pace but the basis of the works is developmental and not security-related.Turki Aldakhil