Egyptian workers riot in Saudi Arabia

2014-10-13 19:40

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Riyadh - The official Saudi Press Agency says five Saudi civilians have been injured when a group of Egyptians rioted in the northwestern Red Sea city of Duba in a rare protest by foreign workers in the kingdom.

The workers threw rocks, burnt tires and closed a major road to protest their employers' negligence. The protesters say they should have been provided transportation back to Egypt by now.

The men are among 1 700 seasonal butchers who stay in Saudi Arabia during the month of hajj. They are typically paid about $400.

Employers often promise to pay for the round-trip transportation to Saudi Arabia from Egypt, giving the workers a rare chance to also perform the Muslim pilgrimage while there.

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