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Gangs of Al-Masoura neighborhood

Terrorist gangs in al-Masoura neighborhood are trying to thwart efforts being made by the government to undertake reconstruction and development projects. An IED bomb killed officer Tariq Al-Allaqi and the security forces thus had to pursue those who live in abandoned buildings.

Western media coverage has addressed human rights issues while missing the fact that demands to develop al-Masoura came from residents who have had enough due to gangs dealing in drugs and carrying out abductions, commiting acts of immorality and harboring hostile terrorist cells.

The neighborhood’s residents asked the government several years ago to pay attention to the neighborhood, support it and execute projects in it like it is done in other areas.

The monetization, which the Saudi government will perform in exchange for lands, will be used to develop streets and offer municipal services. It will have the highest value compared with the compensations provided by other governments in the region

Turki Aldakhil

Generating resources

Such projects are afoot in all Saudi cities and there are plans to demolish old neighborhoods and evaluate lands to generate resources.

The monetization, which the Saudi government will perform in exchange for lands, will be used to develop streets and offer municipal services. It will have the highest value compared with the compensations of other governments in the region.

No one will allow turning Al-Masoura into a southern suburb like the one in Beirut!

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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Last Update: Thursday, 15 June 2017 KSA 09:33 - GMT 06:33
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