Yemeni activists have circulated images showing hundreds of Yemeni expatriates being detained in dire conditions in a Saudi prison.
The activists said on Saturday that the photographs were taken inside Al-Shamsi prison as part of the Kingdom’s massive deportation campaign against violators of the Saudi labour laws.
The activists appealed to the Yemeni government to help bring an end to the prisoners’ ordeal “because many of those detained have spent weeks in prison in very bad conditions”.
Saudi Arabia announced that more than 800,000 expatriates were arrested in recent months noting that 60 per cent of them were Yemenis.
Meanwhile, Saudi Foreign Minister, Adel Al-Jubeir, said earlier that his country has received more than one million Yemeni refugees and provided them with jobs.
However, Yemeni activists criticised Al-Jubeir’s statement, saying it was inaccurate, stressing that the Yemenis were not refugees in Saudi Arabia, but were employees and workers who helped build the Kingdom.