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Saudis stay away after Causeway 'warning'.

SOME Saudis studying and working in Bahrain, who were earlier told at the King Fahd Causeway to return by their authorities, have decided to stay until the situation in Bahrain is resolved.

They had during the weekend reportedly been asked by Saudi causeway officials to return following the developments in Bahrain.

A student told the GDN yesterday that he decided not to try again until he hears news that the situation had calmed down.

The university student, who wished to be identified as Mohammed, said he did not go to the causeway to attend his lectures in Bahrain fearing he will again be turned back.

"I pray everything will soon go back to normal."

Saudis who work in Bahrain have also decided to stay for fear of further clashes.

A Saudi employee, who works for an insurance company in Bahrain, said she was worried about the situation and been told people were turned back so she decided not to try her luck.

"I am worried that I will also be turned back so decided not to take a chance," said the employee, who wanted to be identified as Nada.

"I told my employer I will not be able to come and the management understood."

Another employee, who wished to be named only as Muneera, said she too decided to stay in the Eastern Province.

"I decided to stay after hearing that the causeway was not allowing people to come to Bahrain so I thought this only means it's still not safe," she said. "I am following the news and when I feel it is safe I will come back to Bahrain."

Meanwhile, sources told the GDN that cargo was travelling through the causeway as normal.

"There has been normal movement with no problems," they said.

One company said that around 11 trucks travelled to Saudi Arabia, loaded cement and returned to Bahrain.

The GDN was unable to reach causeway officials for comment yesterday.

Saudi motorists travelling to Bahrain via the causeway were earlier reportedly to be asked to turn back for their own safety.

The side of the causeway leading to Manama has been operating normally, but was deserted during the weekend in what is usually its busiest time.

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Date:Feb 21, 2011
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