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

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”.


Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

Updated 16 min 29 sec ago

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil facilities

  • The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen
  • ‘Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors’

JEDDAH: Baghdad on Sunday denied any link to drone attacks on Saudi oil plants, after media speculation that the strikes were launched from Iraq despite being claimed by Yemeni rebels.
The attacks early Saturday targeted two key oil installations, causing massive fires and taking out half of the Kingdom’s vast oil output.
The operation was claimed by Iran-backed Houthi militia in Yemen, where an Arab coalition has been fighting to restore the internationally recognized government.
But the Wall Street Journal å reported that officials were investigating the possibility the attacks involved missiles launched from Iraq or Iran.
Kuwait is investigating the sighting of a drone over its territory and is coordinating with Saudi Arabia and other countries, the cabinet said on Sunday.
“The security leadership has started the necessary investigations over the sighting of a drone over the coastline of Kuwait City and what measures were taken to confront it,” the cabinet said on its Twitter account.
It said Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah directed military and security officers to tighten security at vital installations in the OPEC producer and to take all necessary measures “to protect Kuwait’s security.”
Some Iraqi media outlets have said Saturday’s attack on Saudi oil facilities came from Iraq, which borders Kuwait. But Baghdad denied this on Sunday and vowed to punish anyone using Iraq as a launch pad for attacks in the region. 
Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday denied reports Iraqi territory “was used for drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.”
“Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors,” he said in a statement.
“The Iraqi government will be extremely firm with whomever tries to violate the constitution.”
Iraq is home to several Iran-backed militias and paramilitary factions, placing it in an awkward situation amid rising tensions between its two main sponsors, Tehran and Washington.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo squarely accused Tehran of being behind Saturday’s operation, saying there was no evidence the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” was launched from Yemen.
Iraq has called for its territory to be spared any spillover in the standoff between the US and Iran, which has included a series of attacks on shipping in sensitive Gulf waters.
Recent raids on bases belonging to Iraqi Shiite paramilitary groups linked with Iran, attributed to Israel, sparked fears of an escalation.
There have been no military consequences so far, but the strikes have heightened divisions between pro-Tehran and pro-Washington factions in Iraq’s political class.
Baghdad has recently moved to repair ties with Saudi Arabia, a key US ally — much to Iran’s chagrin.
Riyadh recently announced a major border post on the Iraqi frontier would reopen mid-October, after being closed for almost three decades.