Saudi National Guard minister visits conjoined twins after their successful separation

This Minister of the National Guard Prince Khalid bin Abdul Aziz bin Ayyaf visits the twin in Riyadh. The twins’ parents expressed their gratitude to Saudi leadership for its support. (SPA)
Updated 05 November 2018
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Saudi National Guard minister visits conjoined twins after their successful separation

  • The surgical procedure was performed on the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
  • Prince Khalid said that the successful operation is a source of great pride for all Saudis

RIYADH: Minister of the National Guard Prince Khalid bin Abdul Aziz bin Ayyaf visited conjoined twins Sheikha and Shumukh after they were successfully separated in an operation performed with the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

Prince Khalid was received by the general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah; the CEO of National Guard Health Affairs, Bandar Al-Qanawi; and other officials. 

Prince Khalid checked on the health of the twins and was briefed on their condition and their post-operative care. He met with the medical team, led by Al-Rabeeah, who handled the twins’ separation. He expressed his appreciation and thanked them for their efforts and care. He also congratulated the twins’ parents on the operation’s success and wished them good health.

The twins’ parents expressed their gratitude to King Salman and the crown prince for their humanitarian gesture.

At the end of his visit, Prince Khalid congratulated King Salman and the crown prince for their support and care, saying that under their leadership the Kingdom is recognized for setting a great example in the field of humanitarian initiatives. He added that the successful operation is a source of great pride for all Saudis.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019
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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.