Saudi mother, daughter drown off beach in Indonesia

The women died at Lombok island’s Selong Belanak Bay. (Shutterstock)
Updated 28 August 2019

Saudi mother, daughter drown off beach in Indonesia

  • Elham Abdussalam, 27, and her mother Jamilah Abdul Malik, 47, perished in waters off Ketapak Beach on Lombok island
  • The daughter drowned after attempting to rescue her mother

JAKARTA: A young Saudi woman drowned as she tried in vain to save her mother, who was swept away by high waves off the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Elham Abdussalam, 27, and her mother Jamilah Abdul Malik, 47, perished in waters off Ketapak Beach in the island’s Selong Belanak Bay.

The two women had visited the beach on Monday afternoon while on holiday with their family, and the mother was overwhelmed by two high waves in succession.

“The mother was suddenly caught in a current and swept out to sea. The daughter dived in to rescue her but both drowned before others arrived to help,” Fawaz Abdullah Althaymin, an official at the Saudi Embassy in Jakarta, told Arab News.
The women’s bodies were retrieved by residents after an hour-long search operation, and taken to a hospital in the provincial capital, Mataram.

The family declined a post-mortem examination, and accompanied the bodies on a flight home to Jeddah on Tuesday.

The Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia, Essam Abed Al-Thaqafi, offered his condolences to the family. He urged Saudi tourists to be cautious about the places to visit in Indonesia, and stressed the importance of communicating with the Embassy when they arrived.


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.