Deadly fight erupts at Indonesia consulate in Saudi Arabia

June 11, 2013
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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia – At least one Indonesian was killed Sunday (June 9th) during a melee outside Indonesia's consulate in Jeddah, The Jakarta Globe reported.

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    An estimated 5,000 Indonesians gathered outside in an effort to clarify their immigration status ahead of the Saudi government's crackdown next month on illegal workers.

    Long delays in opening the counter amid extreme heat touched off rock-throwing by some in the crowd, while others reportedly started a fire outside the entrance to the building.

    Several people were injured as the mob torched wood, furniture and other material at the entrance of the consulate, according to MENAFN - Arab News.

    Indonesian Ambassador Gatot Abdullah Mansyur told Arab News that the consulate's staff was safe. "We are still checking if there's any casualty or how many workers were injured," he said.

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