Saudi Arabia Releases 280 Ethiopian Prisoners

ADDIS ABEBA – Over Ethiopian 500 prisoners released from Saudi Arabia prisons have arrived Addis Ababa international airport on Thursday night.

The Ethiopians have been serving prison terms of five to 30 years in the gulf nation.

After a long negotiation through its consulted in Jeddah, the ministry of foreign affairs managed to convince Saudi officials to release the Ethiopians. It did not disclose what the charges were.

Their release came after Ethiopia repatriated 273 of its undocumented citizens from Jeddah and Gizan on Wednesday.

The effort to repatriates Ethiopians who are either serving prison terms or without proper documentation will continue, said the ministry of foreign affairs said.

Hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian nationals live in the Gulf region, mostly in Saudi Arabia.