Jeddah bulldozes illegal structures on stolen land

Municipality says land-grabbers have stolen 14 hectares of city land - and they're taking it back

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah officials have discovered that around 14 hectares (1.5 million ft2) of land has been illegally occupied by land-grabbers in the city.

Officials have acted swiftly too, sending in bulldozers to break down walls and structures which are built on land owned by the city. It’s the second major crackdown on land thieves in the city by officials, and more than half of illegally occupied territory has already been reclaimed.

Much of the land has been on the outskirts of the city where development has not yet reached. But officials say that doesn’t mean that residents are simply free to build wherever they want.

Muhammad Al-Zahrani, head of Jeddah Municipality’s southern branch, said that officials were taking firm action against land-grabbers, and he urged that residents report any concerns they have to officials by dialling 940 or filing a report via the municipality’s website.

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