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)

 


Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching an online application that allows citizens, residents, and visitors to apply for Umrah pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.