Exclusive: How Saudi forces found Awamiya after ousting terror elements

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Exclusive photos obtained by Al Arabiya from inside Al Masawara district reveal the extent of damages inflicted by terrorists to the infrastructure of the city.

Security forces cleared out more than 90 percent of the terrorists in Awamiya city in a sustained operation in the area where terrorists and wanted persons were holed up.

On Wednesday, security forces present inside Al Masawara uncovered a bomb factory that was used to assemble rockets and improvised explosive devices. A large quantity of ammunition was also found.

In the images obtained, old infrastructure of the neighborhood is shown damaged as well as residential houses and service centers in the district were destroyed.

Damage estimates to Al Masawara district were estimated at $4.8 million (18m Saudi Riyals) by the Eastern Region Municipality officials.

Officials presented their visual concept for the redevelopment project of the neighborhood during a press conference on Wednesday.

The Undersecretary for Construction and Projects, Engineer Essam Al Mulla, told Al Arabiya that these damages happened within six months from the date of the removal of the old neighborhood.

“88 houses were demolished out of a total of 488 houses, around 12 percent,” Al Mulla said.

The project to develop the district was delayed by the insurgency. Al Mulla noted that the project “will make a quantum leap in urban development.”

The project is one of the most important development projects in the governorate. The first phase of the project will be begin after the completion of all the demolition work, which has already started.