Bodies of Saudi Arabian Airlines crew killed in Sri Lanka attacks arrive in the Kingdom

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Hajer Aziz, who was injured in the Sri Lanka attacks was greeted by family and colleagues after she landed back in Jeddah. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Hajer Aziz, who was injured in the Sri Lanka attacks was greeted by family and colleagues after she landed back in Jeddah. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Hajer Aziz, who was injured in the Sri Lanka attacks was greeted by family and colleagues after she landed back in Jeddah. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Hajer Aziz, who was injured in the Sri Lanka attacks was greeted by family and colleagues after she landed back in Jeddah. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Tearful Saudi Arabian Airlines staff greeted the bodies of their colleagues and injured stewardess Hajer Aziz. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Tearful Saudi Arabian Airlines staff greeted the bodies of their colleagues and injured stewardess Hajer Aziz. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Tearful Saudi Arabian Airlines staff greeted the bodies of their colleagues and injured stewardess Hajer Aziz. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
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Tearful Saudi Arabian Airlines staff greeted the bodies of their colleagues and injured stewardess Hajer Aziz. (Abdullah Al-Faleh)
Updated 27 April 2019

Bodies of Saudi Arabian Airlines crew killed in Sri Lanka attacks arrive in the Kingdom

  • Cabin manager Ahmed Zain Jaafari and  steward Hani Maged Othman died in one of the hotels targeted by extremists
  • A crew member injured in the attacks, Hajer Aziz, was greeted by colleagues and family

JEDDAH: The bodies of two Saudi Arabian Airlines cabin crew killed in the Sri Lanka bombings have arrived back in the Kingdom.

Cabin manager Ahmed Zain Jaafari and  steward Hani Maged Othman, were in one of the hotels targeted by extremists. A crew member injured in the attacks, Hajer Aziz, also arrived home.

Tearful colleagues greeted their return late Thursday night at the King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah.

Pictures showed Aziz arriving in a wheelchair before tearfully hugging two children.

She was then taken from the airport in an ambulance.

The string of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday targeted three churches and four hotels, killing 253 people. 

On Tuesday, the Saudia director general Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser praised the two dead crew for their service to the company and country.

“Myself, the entire management team and all of the team members of Saudi Arabia Airlines are with very heavy hearts, filled with deep sorrow,” Al-Jasser said.




Ahmed Zain Jaafari and Hani Maged Othman were killed in the attacks. (Saudia)

 


Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.