Italian and German sailors and soldiers took refuge in Saudi Arabia during World War II.
Riyadh: King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah); unfolded the story behind a rare photo of a group of European refugees given shelter in the Kingdom.
The picture is from 80 years ago, Darah said while explaining that the image was of a group of Italian and German; sailors and soldiers who took refuge in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during World War II.
The refugees resided in two camps specially prepared for them. The first camp was on two islands in the Red Sea, while the other was at a Jeddah hospital.
Darah noted that the representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); at that time wrote a letter of thanks to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs after he visited the two camps.
During which he lauded the facilities arranged for the refugees despite the difficult circumstances.