Injured Lanka maid remains comatose

Updated 17 May 2014
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Injured Lanka maid remains comatose

The Sri Lankan maid, who was subject to severe burns as a result of a cylinder explosion, is reported to have disregarded the warning of her sponsor’s wife, who had forewarned her about the gas leak in the kitchen.
Fathima Safaya, 38, was severely injured in an accident that took place in the early hours of Thursday in Riyadh.
According to her sponsor’s son, a gas leak occurred in the kitchen and the house caught fire when Safaya switched on the room’s light.
The city fire brigade was summoned to douse the flames and the injured patient was taken to King Saud Hospital (Semesi) suffering from severe burns in most parts of her body.
Safaya, who hails from Dharga Town in Alutgama, some 50 km from Colombo, is a divorcee with two sons. She arrived 15 months ago to the Kingdom to work and provide for her sons.
A Sri Lankan Embassy official said the mission is exerting its efforts to safeguard the victim’s interests, adding that the police are investigating to ascertain the cause of the accident.
The official indicated that the brother of the victim, who traveled from Jeddah to be by his sister’s side, is receiving assistance from the mission to facilitate coordination with the maid’s sponsor.
Rajah, the brother, told Arab News that his sister was a kind, humble and helpful person and had not complained about her sponsors.
“She is lying in a state of coma, I cannot speak to her,” Rajah said, adding that her body is covered with severe burns and her face fully bandaged.
The maid is currently in the intensive care unit of the hospital. According to the doctors the patient is still in a critical condition, but there is room for improvement during the next five days.


FaceOf: Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Saudi military chief of staff

Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili
Updated 20 June 2018
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FaceOf: Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Saudi military chief of staff

The military Chief of Staff of Saudi Arabia, Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, relayed Eid Al-Fitr greetings from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to members of the armed forces in the southern region.

Al-Ruwaili visited Prince Sultan Medical Military City in Riyadh to check on the wounded soldiers and relay the king's Eid greetings as well as his appreciation of their love for their country and the sacrifices they have made for the safety of the Kingdom.

Al-Ruwaili became Saudi Arabia’s chief of staff in February 2018 after the retirement of Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Bunayan.

Al-Ruwaili was born in Turaif, a small town in the Northern Borders region, in 1958. He went to school there, completing high school in Arar, then joined King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh where he graduated as lieutenant pilot.

After that, he received a scholarship and traveled to the US to complete his flight training at Lakeland in Florida. He did a master’s in military science from Air Command and Staff College, and earned a second master’s degree in strategic studies from the US Air University in Alabama.

He returned to the Kingdom, and worked on several air military bases until he became a squadron commander and then a wing commander. He was an assistant at the air base in Taif, before he became commander of King Fahd Air Base in the western sector of Taif.

In 2012, Al-Ruwaili was appointed as commander of the Air Force, before King Salman issued the royal decree that promoted him to the rank of General Officer and made him the Kingdom’s chief of staff.