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Saudi Authorities Free Hundreds of Yemeni Prisoners

National Yemen

By NY Staff

Saudi authorizes have released more than 600 Yemeni prisoners who were about to be deported to Yemen as illegal migrants in Saudi territory.

A source informed the newspaper that more than 600 prisoners were under arrest at al-Shamyaisi jail and all of them were released on Saturday.

A large number of illegal Yemeni workers travel to Saudi Arabia through the Yemeni-Saudi border seeking to work illegally.

Kind Salman Bin Abdulaziz has also issued a new decree to address the residence of Yemeni citizens. He has given them six months notice applicable for extension. King Salman has said the decree has come in response to the request of the Yemeni government in Riyadh.

Illegal Yemeni migrants within Saudi territory could have a six months visa to enable them find jobs and sponsors as a result of this decision.

Many consider this an exclusive decision for Yemen in concert with ongoing political disputes in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition war on Yemen aims to restore the legitimacy of President AbduRabou Mansour Hadi.

More than a million Yemenis are living and working in Saudi Arabia and they suffer from the arbitration of their Saudi sponsors. Until the Iraqi war in 1990, Yemenis used to travel to Saudi Arabia without a visa.