Saudi Bulldozers Flatten Populated Town as Residents Flee Carnage
Hundreds of Shia Muslims in Awamiya are forced from their homes amid fighting and compulsory evictions.
(MEE) — The Saudi government has been forcibly relocating residents of the restive city of Awamiya as clashes continue between soldiers and militant groups in the old city.
Hundreds of people have fled or been evacuated from Awamiya since the beginning of the current troubles which have killed at least seven people, including two police officers. According to al-Hayat newspaper, the government received requests from residents and farmers around Awamiya to help them flee the violence.
However, activists say that residents have been driven out of their homes and their properties seized by private development companies, primarily in and around the historic Almosara district.
An image sent to Middle East Eye by an Awamiya activist showed a requisition order pinned to a house in the district of al-Shweikah, about 6km south of Almosara.