By Andy Sambidge
Gov't aims to build 6,000 homes for citizens displaced by two-month conflict.
The Saudi government has allocated SR6bn ($1.6bn) to build 6,000 houses for citizens who were displaced from areas bordering Yemen after a two-month conflict with the Yemeni infiltrators.
The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the money would also fund the construction of basic educational and health infrastructure at five sites in the southern Jizan province.
Citizens who have been living in areas bordering Yemen would be housed in these new developments, SPA added.
The Saudi army started in November a campaign against the intrusions into its territory by Yemeni rebels.
At least 113 Saudi soldiers were killed in the fighting which ended with a truce in January.
Before the conflict with the Yemeni rebels, Saudi Arabia started laying out basic infrastructure for the Jizan Economic City in the hope of attracting $30bn in investments to create an industrial hub that would create much-needed jobs for the population there.
Editor From your article it is clear that Saudi Government faces a Mammoth task providing suitable housing for the displaced people along the border with Yemen, the question is have they chosen right and cost affective technology to do so affectively. First choice would be to chose materials with exceptional in service life, product that is Greener than all other forms of insitu or precast concrete which will provide most better medium, cost affective in the first place, provide excellent thermal properties, excellent fire rating, product that has exceptional impact properties, and of course uses less of non renewable recourses, confirms with guide lines of LEED. Such product has been available in Middle East for decades but no interest from anyone. Thomas