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Saudi officials quit ahead of Jeddah floods probe

Resignations hit mayoralty; Al-Leeth chief cleared of wrongdoing.

Saudi officials quit ahead of Jeddah floods probe
DISASTER: Last year’s floods killed at least 123 people and destroyed thousands of homes and vehicles.

More than 22 engineers and employees have resigned from the Jeddah Mayoralty because they fear prosecution in connection with last year’s floods, which killed at least 123 people and destroyed thousands of homes and vehicles.

The Saudi Gazette said that Mayor Adel Fakeih has accepted the resignations of the employees, who worked at various ranks and had service records of between 20 to 25 years. Work at the mayoralty has been affected by the resignations, the report added.

Meanwhile, a senior figure under investigation for alleged negligence by the Commission for Investigation and Prosecution (CIP) has been cleared of any wrongdoing in connection with the disaster.

Nasser Al-Mit’eb was working as head of Al-Leeth Mayoralty during the November floods and has since been reinstated to the position, the newspaper said.

“No evidence was found of his involvement in flood cases or in another case in which he had been a suspect,” sources at the CIP told the Saudi Gazette.

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Hussain 9 years ago

123 People... are you serious??? where does AB get its info the Official toll was around 650 The unofficial near 10 thousand Dead/missing. As usual a useless probe and a toothless inquiry. if it was aup to me as a fellow engineer i would have prosecuted every single one of them for the state jeddah is in