Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), May 19 (AP) Ethiopia says more than 1,000 of its citizens will be released from detention centers in Saudi Arabia after a request by new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a visit to Riyadh. Also Read - 'Most Uninhabitable Place': Scientists Discover a Place on Earth Where No Life Exists, Not Even Microbes

Ethiopia’s state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate quotes government spokesman Ahmed Shide as saying the release will start Saturday. Also Read - Black Box Recovered From Wreckage of Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines Aircraft

Saudi Arabia began mass deportations of illegal migrants, including tens of thousands of Ethiopians and Somalis, in November after several months of warnings. Also Read - Ethiopian Airlines Flight to Nairobi Crashes; 4 Indians Among 157 Dead

Saudi authorities have said the kingdom detained around 250,000 people violating its residency laws in a crackdown.

An estimated 400,000 Ethiopian migrants were believed to be living in Saudi Arabia as of late last year. (AP) UZM

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