Saudi female professor dies at award ceremony

Updated 14 December 2017
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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.
 


Saudi foreign minister pledges ‘comprehensive investigation’ of Khashoggi killing

Updated 23 October 2018
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Saudi foreign minister pledges ‘comprehensive investigation’ of Khashoggi killing

  • Jubeir said all those responsible for the journalist’s death would be detained

JAKARTA: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said on Tuesday the kingdom was committed to a “comprehensive investigation” of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.
Saudi Arabia had sent a team to Turkey and all those responsible for the journalist’s death would be detained, the minister told a news conference in Indonesia.