Florida shooting ‘nothing to do with gunman’s family, tribe’

A general view of the atmosphere at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, where most of the victims of a shooting at the Naval Air Station on Dec. 06, 2019 were taken for treatment. (Josh Brasted/Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 08 December 2019

Florida shooting ‘nothing to do with gunman’s family, tribe’

  • We are all still looking for the truth about this painful incident, Saudi officer’s uncle tells Arab News

AL-AHSA: The uncle of a young Saudi officer who shot three people dead at a US military base in Florida has told Arab News the crime had nothing to do with either the family or the tribe.

Mohammed Al-Shamrani, 21, from Al-Ahsa, a 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force, opened fire with a handgun early on Friday in a classroom building at Naval Air Station Pensacola, where he was on a training program. He was killed by US sheriff’s deputies who responded to the incident.

The officer’s uncle, Saad bin Hantam Shamrani, said the family found the tragedy inexplicable. “Nothing unusual was noticed in Mohammed’s behavior… he was known to love people and help them.

“We are all still looking for the truth … to know the causes of this painful incident and its implications. What happened is a crime that concerns only the attacker and has nothing to do with his family and his tribe.”

My condolences go out to the families of the victims. I hope they find peace in their lives after such a tragedy.

Nedda Akhonbay, communications professional

Shamrani said his nephew had been a distinguished high school student, and graduated three years ago. “He applied to the Air Academy, where he spent six months before getting a scholarship to join a specialized program in aviation in the US.

“The last conversation I had with him was less than a month ago, when he assured me that his studies were going well and he expected to graduate in the coming months.”

The shooting has been condemned by all Saudis, many of whom have lived and worked in the US. “My condolences go out to the families of the victims. I hope they find peace in their lives after such a tragedy,” said Nedda Akhonbay, a communications professional in Jeddah.

“As a Saudi-American, and having spent many years in the US and made friends who became like family, I thought this attack was very close to home, and I hope both peoples work together to get past it.”

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Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

Updated 17 January 2020

Ivanka Trump applauds Saudi Arabia’s reforms advancing economic role for women

  • Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions

The United States President’s daughter and advisor, Ivanka Trump, praised on Friday Arab states for the progress they have made in their reforms highlighted in a World Bank Report.

“Great seeing some big progress in countries with the most improved scores this year in the World Bank WBL (Women, Business and the Law) report,” she said, referring to several countries mentioned in the report, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Tunisia.

 

The World Bank’s annual “Women, Business, and the Law” report ranked Saudi Arabia top among 190 countries for its progress in bringing about reforms related to female involvement in economic development and entrepreneurship.  

According to the World Bank’s figures for 2020, Saudi Arabia scored 70.6 out of 100 for progress achieved in the integration of women into the labor market. The report’s findings also placed the country first among Gulf states, and second in the Arab world for meeting the criteria.

Saudi women in business have lauded the Vision 2030 strategy for being the key driver in helping them to realize their ambitions.