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Al-Awamiyah, also spelled Awamia, (Arabic: العوامية al-ʿAwāmiyyah) is a village situated in the Al-Qatif region in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. As of 2009[update], it has a population of about 25,500 people. Al-Awamiyah is bordered by the Al-Ramis farms to the east and some other farms to the west and the south. To the north side, there is a dividing line between Al-Awamiyah and the neighboring Safwa city, so the town cannot expand any more and provide housing land for its growing population. Due to this limited land, the people move out of the town and settle in nearby neighborhoods, notably Al-Nasera which is home to almost 2500 people living in 250 homes.
Despite a ban on public demonstrations in Saudi Arabia, on 29 July 2006, a Pro-Hezbollah march took place in Al-Awamiyah (as well as in Al Qatif) protesting against Israel’s military campaign against Lebanon, calling for a ceasefire. Further protests took place on 3 August of the same year and on 28 April 2009.
In March 2009, at least four people, including one child, were arrested after taking part in rallies which were organized to protest the arrest of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a senior Shiite cleric and Imam of a mosque in Al-Awamiyah. He had criticised attacks against Shiites traveling to the tomb of Muhammad. On November 21, 2011, security forces killed 4 people in Al-Awamiya.
On April 8, 2015, a security officer was killed in during a raid eastern of Shia's accused of being disloyal to the Saudi Regime. According to the official government propaganda, least four residents were detained, and allegedly weapons were seized. However, residents claimed that 30 arrests were made. They also accuse authorities of cracking down on anti-government protests and using it as an excuse for the raids.
Al-Awamiyah's economy is based mainly on petroleum production and agriculture.
Oil pipelines surround the village from the west and north sides along with several oil wells of which some are old and others newly drilled as part of Qatif Project. Over 2 million barrels of oil pass through the village each day on the way to the Ras Tanura terminal and refinery.
The town is served by the nearby King Fahd International Airport which is 25 minutes away with a distance of 30 km from the terminal to the town.
Famous person in Awamia
Nimr al-Nimr who has executed on January 2, 2016 at age of (56-57) years old by the saudi government for terrorism. His name is praised on Al-Awamiyah's walls and his portrait hangs from billboards and balconies alongside those of Husayn ibn Ali.
Ali Mohammed Al Nimr the nephew of Sheikh Nimr is also facing death row for the same crime.
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