Across the Region

Issue 657 - 19 Mar 2001
Three people were killed when Saudi special forces freed more than 100 passengers from a Russian airliner hijacked to Medina airport, as GSN went to press. The 16 March rescue was a success for the security services, but the episode underlined some of the problems that confront the Saudi authorities in their stewardship of the land that houses Islam’s holiest places.

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