Saudi woman nabbed after hugging male singer at Souq Okaz

In this videograb, a security officer (left) rushes onstage as an unnamed Saudi woman (right) approaches singer Majid Al-Muhandis (in white thobes) to hug him as he was performing during the SouqOkaz Festival in Taif on July 13, 2018.
Updated 14 July 2018

Saudi woman nabbed after hugging male singer at Souq Okaz

  • Police have arrested the woman and placed her under the custody of a social welfare center pending investigation by the Office of the Public Prosecutor.

JEDDAH: The Arabic hashtag for “Girl hugs Majid Al-Muhandis” was trending in Saudi Arabia yesterday.

During the Iraqi-Saudi singer’s concert at Souq Okaz in Taif on Friday, one audience member was overwhelmed by the presence of her favorite singer and ran to the stage to hug him.

This incident brought a variety of responses, with many arguing that this was a normal reaction when someone meets their favorite celebrities.

Tweeting in Arabic, a Saudi journalist, writer and novelist Samar Al-Mogren @s_almogren said: “Admiration and obsessions with artists and celebrities exist all over the world, so do not interpret the situation based on nationality.”

@KhaledSadig said: “Fangirling is a condition, not a crime. It happens in every concert around the world, just tighten the security and the problem be solved.”

Others criticized the incident. Tweeting in Arabic, @TurkiShalhoub said: “Shameful, sad and dishonorable sight.”

Makkah police arrested the woman for her actions, which go against the anti-harassment law.

The woman was placed under the custody of the girls' welfare institution in Taif and the case was referred to the Public Prosecution


Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

Updated 14 August 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 35 more deaths from COVID-19

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 262,959
  • A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 35 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,383 new cases of the disease on Friday.

Of the new cases, 81 were recorded in Makkah, 77 in Hail, 69 in Jeddah and 63 in Riyadh.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 262,959 after 2,566 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 3,338 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

On Thursday, the health ministry announced Saudi Arabia had conducted more than 4 million COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests since the beginning of the outbreak.