Sri Lankan maid in coma after gas cylinder blast dies

Updated 30 May 2014

Sri Lankan maid in coma after gas cylinder blast dies

A Sri Lankan maid who has been in a coma for two weeks as a result of a cylinder explosion died at the King Saud Hospital (Semesi) on Wednesday.
Fathima Safaya, 38, was severely burnt in an accident that took place at a Saudi household in the early hours of May 15 in Riyadh.
Safaya, from a town 50 km from Colombo, is a divorcee with two sons. She had come to the Kingdom to provide for her sons and had been working at the household for the past 15 months.
An official from the Sri Lankan Embassy confirmed the death to Arab News and said that the mission will make funeral arrangements in Riyadh with the consent of her kin.
A Sri Lankan Embassy official said the mission has been exerting efforts to safeguard the victim’s interests, adding that the police have launched an investigation into the cause of the accident.
The official indicated that the victim’s brother, who traveled from Jeddah to be by his sister’s side, was 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 was in a coma when I last saw her. I could not speak to her,” Rajah said, adding that her body was covered with severe burns and her face fully bandaged.
Meanwhile, according to sources, the deceased was reported to have disregarded a warning from her sponsor’s wife, who had forewarned her about a gas leak in the kitchen.
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, suffering from severe burns on most of her body, was rushed to King Saud Hospital (Semesi).
The embassy will negotiate with Safaya’s sponsor about salary dues and compensation, if any, according to sources from the mission.

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

Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili
Updated 20 June 2018

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.