Saudi Arabia warns against travel to Ethiopia

Embassy says seven Saudis arrested in Addis Ababa during Ramadan

September 9, 2012 (Gulf News) — Manama: Saudi Arabia has warned Saudi citizens of the risks of travel to Ethiopia, citing sporadic clashes between Muslims and the police.

Saudi citizens should avoid going to the African country until the tension is eased and the situation is settled, the interior ministry said, local Arabic daily Okaz reported on Sunday.

The travel warning was issued based on a note from the Saudi ambassador in Addis Ababa, the statement said.

“In Ramadan, seven Saudis were arrested in different places as they were strolling in the suburbs of the capital or engaged — with good intentions — in charitable activities,” Abdul Baqi Ahmad Ajlan, the Saudi ambassador in Addis Ababa, said, quoted by the daily. “The embassy had to exert exceptional efforts to secure their release and repatriate them,” he said.

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