Defying disability, ex-airman soars

Updated 30 October 2015
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Defying disability, ex-airman soars

JEDDAH: A young Saudi has become the first person with a disability to take up paragliding in the Middle East.
Mohammed Al-Sharif startled people on Thursday in Riyadh when he participated in a paragliding event, a local publication reported. Al-Sharif is a former air defense officer who was paralyzed in an accident in 2005.
He did not allow this to hold him back and has now also become a specialist in entertainment therapy and a skilled trainer in the use of wheelchairs. He custom-built his own paragliding outfit, and is a registered trainer at the Aviation Academy in Riyadh.
Al-Sharif said he does it as a hobby on the weekends. He urged people to view those with disabilities as normal rather than with pity or as able bodied. He said the public must try to find the proper balance. He said “special needs” is a medical term that should not be used to describe people with disabilities continually.
Prince Sultan bin Salman, chairman of the Disabled Children's Association, said that efforts are continuing to help people become more functional, and that they should form a body to help themselves.
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Mohammed, chairman of the Amal charitable organization, said that the sessions were aimed at improving the lives of people with disabilities, in line with the directives of the government.


Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

Updated 37 min ago

Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

  • The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian”
  • Saudi Arabia said it will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said that Saturday’s strikes on two Aramco facilities were an “organized terrorist attack” in a letter to the UN Security Council.
The Saudi Mission to the United Nations sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and another to the President of the Security Council Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya and members of the Security Council on Wednesday.
The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian.”
They also explained that Saudi Arabia will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law, and called on the UN and international experts to participate in the investigation into the attack.