Father accidentally shoots daughter with air rifle in northern Saudi Arabia

Updated 10 November 2017
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Father accidentally shoots daughter with air rifle in northern Saudi Arabia

QURAYYAT: A young girl in the province of Qurayyat was shot in the head while her father was trying to test an air rifle in the courtyard of his home.

Al-Jouf police said that a “four-and-a-half-year-old girl was admitted to Qurayat General Hospital on Wednesday morning after she was shot in the head while her father was testing an air rifle in the courtyard of their house.”

The police media spokesman in Al-Jawf, Lt. Col. Yazeed bin Saud Al-Noumas, said in a statement to Al-Mowaten news website that this information was released in response to what was circulated on social media on the extraction of a bullet from the head of a girl at Prince Mutaib bin Abdul Aziz Hospital.

He added that “the gun shot caused a head wound, and she was admitted to the intensive care unit. The weapon in possession of her father was seized, and the prosecution was notified by virtue of jurisdiction.”

Al-Noumas confirmed that the little girl was transferred to Prince Mutaib bin Abdul Aziz Hospital in Sakaka, and then medically evacuated to a hospital in Riyadh.


Road safety event for female drivers launched in Saudi Arabia

The event aims to educate women about road rules and safety, and features cultural and educational exhibitions. (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Road safety event for female drivers launched in Saudi Arabia

  • The event was held at Riyadh Park Mall in cooperation with the General Directorate of Traffic, the STC and other government entities
  • The director of Tabuk’s Traffic Department said it is preparing to issue 60 permits for new trainees who applied for licenses at the women’s driving school in the region

JEDDAH: A three-day recreational and educational event for women about driving cars was launched on Thursday by the director of the Riyadh Traffic Department, Maj. Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Kharsan, and Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser.

The event was held at Riyadh Park Mall in cooperation with the General Directorate of Traffic, the STC and other government entities.

In his speech, Al-Nasser stressed the STC’s eagerness to support preparations to implement the royal decree allowing women to drive from Sunday. 

“This royal decree falls in line with the company’s initiatives and programs in the field of social responsibility,” he said. 

“The STC’s participation in the event focuses on the principle of safety first, and on raising awareness of traffic laws.”

The event aims to educate women about road rules and safety, and features cultural and educational exhibitions.

Tabuk to issue 60 more licenses for female drivers

The director of Tabuk’s Traffic Department said it is preparing to issue 60 permits for new trainees who applied for licenses at the women’s driving school in the region. 

The department has already issued 40 permits as part of preparations to implement the royal decree allowing women to drive, said Brig. Gen. Mohammad Al-Ateeq.

The process is divided into three categories: Women holding a valid license, those with expired ones, and women not holding any permit.

Women holding a valid license will undergo a test before being issued their new Saudi license, replacing their foreign one. 

Women with expired licenses will be trained for six hours, after which they will be tested. 

If they pass, a license will be issued immediately, but if they fail, they will be able to do four more hours of training.