Makkah Municipality fires abusive workers after viral camel video

A camel is seen bleeding after being brutally beaten by a slaughterhouse worker in Makkah. (Video grab)
Updated 28 December 2017
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Makkah Municipality fires abusive workers after viral camel video

JEDDAH: A Saudi citizen documented the inhumane abuse of a camel that was brutally beaten by a slaughterhouse worker in Makkah.
The video went viral on social media and it collected 140,000 views in one week under the hash tag #camel (in Arabic).
The citizen who took the 1:11 minute video was very upset with the incident and was stopped by one of the slaughterhouse guards.
The guard: “Stop. It is not allowed to take photos here, you have to respect the privacy of the place.”
The citizen said: “There is no sign that says photos are not allowed. Can’t you see how harsh the worker is dealing with the camel there?”
The guard replied: “Well, you are not that camel, why you are bothered?”
The citizen responded: “There are better ways to deal with camels!”
Animals are respected in all religions and acts of cruelty to animals are not mere indications of a minor personality flaw in the abuser. Some studies have suggested that individuals who are cruel to animals are more likely to be violent to humans.
Many people expressed their anger on social media by sharing the video with comments such as “torturing the camel this way is prohibited in Islam, as prophet Mohammed urged to deal gently with camels and animals in general.”
@ajlnews said in a tweet: “The  Municipality of Makkah region will take necessary actions against those involved in the video.”
The  Municipality of Makkah reacted immediately with the video  and decided to rule out the  Sudanese worker who appeared in the video clip accompanied by others who tortured a group of camels in a slaughterhouse run by the  Municipality Makkah.
Spokesman for the Makkah  Municipality  Othman Mali said in a statement : “It was decided to exclude the Sudanese guard of the slaughterhouse and all the workers who participated in beating the camels, and decided to prevent them from working in the slaughterhouses of the  Municipality.”
He added: The contractor was forced to provide a crane to carry camels to the slaughterhouse ,”penalties and fines to be applied on the contractor”.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Updated 52 min 9 sec ago
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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh, Al-Arabiya TV said.

Videos circulating on social media show the dead armed with machine guns, bombs and Molotov cocktails.

The suspects who were on board a car tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security and prevented the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

An ensuing firefight resulted in the death of the attackers Al-Arabiya added.