US detectives investigate death of Saudi student in Miami

Saudi student Yasser Abualfaraj was found dead in his apartment in Miami, Florida. (Facebook)
Updated 10 October 2018
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US detectives investigate death of Saudi student in Miami

LONDON: US police have launched a murder investigation after a Saudi student was found dead in his Florida apartment.
The body of Yasser Abualfaraj, 23, was discovered by his room mate on Sunday in a building opposite the University of Miami where he was studying.
Miami-Dade Police Department said Abualfaraj was found with “multiple signs of trauma.”
Abualfaraj, from Jeddah, went to study architecture in Miami in May 2015, US media reported.
“It’s an open investigation and we are working to find any witnesses who may have heard or seen anything at the time and we are working right now to possibly find out if anyone can produce some kind of a sketch of the person, or something of that nature, to provide leads,” Det. Chris Thomas told Arab News.
He said the cause of death was unknown and possible motive was unclear. The “investigation is still in the early stages,” Det. Thomas said.
He said a medical examiner would carry out an autopsy soon, without specifying a date.
Det. Thomas said police have spoken to many people close to Abualfaraj, including his roommate, and they have provided whatever information they have to “piece together what they saw and if there is a possibility of them producing some kind of photograph of the person.”
A vigil was held for Abualfaraj by the university’s students and staff on Monday, and classes were canceled to mourn the student.
In a Facebook post for the school’s Intensive English Program, Abualfaraj said he liked Miami because he could “go for a bike ride any time and anywhere.”
“What is disturbing is you have a 23-year-old male, in the university, trying to better himself. And because of this incident and the magnitude of this incident, it’s really very disturbing,” Det. Thomas told CBS Miami in a separate interview.
Det. Thomas also said Abualfaraj’s family has been notified.
In a statement to Al-Arabiya, the Saudi Embassy in Washington, said it has been informed about the incident and is following up with the investigation, while providing all the necessary support to his family.
The University of Miami said it was working closely with police and was “deeply saddened by this tragic news.”


Saudi aid center KSRelief highlights humanitarian work at Chile conference

Al-Rabeeah praised KSRelief’s work in war zones and areas suffering from grave humanitarian threats, with the center having worked across 79 such regions in its history, most significantly in Yemen. (SPA)
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Saudi aid center KSRelief highlights humanitarian work at Chile conference

  • Al-Rabeeah talked about the pioneering work done by the center and its staff as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program

RIYADH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, has highlighted the work of his organization at a symposium during the Medical International Conference held in Santiago.
More than 650 senior doctors and medical practitioners from 57 countries were invited to take part in the conference
Al-Rabeeah talked about the pioneering work done by the center and its staff as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program, and how medical advancement and humanitarian aid provision was at the forefront of the government’s plan to diversify Saudi Arabia.

He raised the example of KSRelief’s handling of multiple cases of conjoined (“Siamese”) twins over the years, and how as a result of investment and research, Saudi doctors had successfully separated 47 pairs.
He also praised KSRelief’s work in war zones and areas suffering from grave humanitarian threats, with the center having worked across 79 such regions in its history, most significantly in Yemen.
He noted that the Kingdom had undertaken a number of initiatives, including a program to rehabilitate child soldiers recruited by the Houthi militias currently fighting coalition forces in the country, and the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance in Yemen, which has removed more than 50,000 of the devices so far.
He also highlighted plans to establish an artificial limb center to provide prosthetics for Yemenis who have lost limbs in the conflict.
He concluded his speech by stressing the importance of volunteer work and its major role in supporting the Kingdom’s humanitarian work, praising the efforts of those who sacrificed their time and resources to carry out KSRelief’s objectives.