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Saudis barred from travel to Syria

Ahmed JO

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Manama: Saudi Arabia has barred its citizens from travelling to war-torn Syria, citing security concerns.



The General Department of Passports said that the ban was imposed based the deterioration of the security situation in the country.



The department spokesperson Ahmad Bin Fahad Al Luhaidan said that the authorities did not want to put the lives of Saudi nationals at risk and that the ban would be lifted when the security situation improved there.



“The Department is keen on alerting Saudi citizens about the significance of adhering to the law on the use of passports in order to avoid the legal consequences of any violation,” Al Luhaidan said. “All details and regulations are available on the department’s site,” he added.



Saudi Arabia shut down its embassy in Syria and withdrew all its staff and diplomats in March 2012.



The foreign ministry said the decision was made “due to the developments” in the war-plagued country.



Riyadh has also taken stringent measures to prevent its citizens from joining the groups involved in the armed conflict in Syria.



Saudi fighters were last year given a grace period to contact Saudi authorities and return to the kingdom.



Security authorities reported that several Saudis used the grace period granted by the king to go home.

*some say this is because KSA and Turkey planning to invade Syria and take down Bashar Al Asshead.*
 

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The first question that popped up in my mind after reading the first sentence of the article is, "why would anyone want to travel to Syria?"

Only those interested in fighting would want to be in Syria [obviously]. Extremists I suppose wouldn't mind traveling to Syria to fight alongside any side whose ideals resonate with them.

Good move by the Saudi Arabian government. Turkey should follow suit and close their borders. If no fighters enter Syria and a war of attrition waged against the terrorist and the Assad government no matter how long it takes, the savages [ISIS and Assad] would eventually be defeated.
 

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Taking action to reduce the numbers of people absconding to join terror groups is a good move. Even if only a small number of people are prevented from entering the country, it's still someone who was prevented from joining. If other countries could follow suit, this would have a pretty big effect on recruitment. I certainly wouldn't have any problem with not being able to go to Syria and whilst some might say that this is an infringement of our civil liberties, sometimes, these things have to fall by the wayside if it's for a greater good.
 
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