Saudi female professor dies at award ceremony

Updated 14 December 2017

Saudi female professor dies at award ceremony

JEDDAH: A female professor died on Sunday after she fell on stage during a gathering to honor her for her academic contributions.
While giving a speech, Prof. Nisreen Ismail Al-Banawi, an associate professor at the College of Economics and Administration in King Abdulaziz University (KAU) and a mother of four, stopped and asked everyone to be quiet before collapsing on the stage.
Organizers rushed to help the unconscious professor. Paramedics were called but were unable to do more than carry her to the ambulance. The professor was taken to a nearby hospital where acute bleeding in the brain was diagnosed. Two days later, the professor was pronounced dead after attempts to resuscitate her failed.
The university on Sunday announced the death of Al-Banawi on its Twitter account and extended its condolences to the family of the professor. In a press statement, the university stressed that Al-Banawi had died of natural causes. It also said that university medical staff who attended the incident did everything possible to save her life.
The news of the professor’s death went viral on social media platforms. Columnists and social figures posted comments under the Arabic hashtag #WeAreAllNisreenBanawi.
Some expressed their concerns over safety inside the university campus. Others claimed that the AC system went off before the event started and that might have affected the professor who, they claimed, was suffering from high blood pressure. Some tweets criticized paramedics at the scene while others suggested that the ambulance arrived late.
The university’s official statement said that the concerns expressed on social media were baseless.
Over the past two days, Arab News tried several times to reach KAU spokesman Dr. Shar’I Al-Boqami, but he was not there to respond.

More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

In this file photo, expatriate workers are seen outside a Labor Ministry office in Riyadh to fix their status in the Kingdom. In the past seven months, Saudi authorities have arrested more than 1.25 foreigners for violating residential and labor laws. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018

More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

  • Of the total arrested, 931,069 were violators of residential regulations,  218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 tried to gain entry into the Kingdom illegally.
  • The crackdown started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14.

JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

The crackdown, which started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14, saw the arrests of 1,251,966 people in the joint security field campaign across the Kingdom. Those arrested included 931,069 violators of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violators of border security regulations.

The total number of people arrested attempting to cross the Kingdom’s borders stood at 19,233 people. Of those arrested, 54 percent were Yemenis, 43 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent from other nations. 

The Kingdom also arrested 790 people who tried to leave the Kingdom illegally.

There were 2,167 people who were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations, and 415 citizens were arrested for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Regulatory measures were taken against 388 citizens who were subsequently released. 

The number of expatriates currently detained stands at 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 221,404 violators while 177,329 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions for travel documents and 327,034 were deported.