Egyptian throws wife from fifth floor because she has coronavirus

Public prosecution are now waiting for the wife to leave quarantine so she can give a sworn statement. (Reuters)
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Updated 25 June 2020

Egyptian throws wife from fifth floor because she has coronavirus

  • She survives fall but needs surgery for spinal injuries … ‘She refused to leave so I pushed her,’ husband says

CAIRO: An Egyptian man threw his wife from their fifth-floor apartment to the ground because she was infected with the coronavirus.
The woman, aged 25, survived the fall and neighbors took her to hospital, where she had surgery for spinal injuries. The husband has been detained in prison pending a police investigation.
The man told officers that he and his wife argued constantly, and had decided to separate. The tension became worse when he found out she had contracted COVID-19. “I was afraid of becoming infected,” he told police. “My wife took three tests, which all confirmed she was infected. So I asked her to leave the house. But when she refused, I pushed her.”
Public prosecution are now waiting for the wife to recover and leave quarantine so she can give a sworn statement.
Dr. Aly Mazyad, consultant orthopedic surgeon at Ain Shams University Hospital in Cairo, said the hospital had set up a special operating theater in its quarantine department because the woman was infected with coronavirus. The infection was stable but she remained in critical condition and could take months to fully recover, he said.
The incident has shone a light on the increase in domestic violence during coronavirus lockdowns, not just in Egypt but across the world.
“There is no outlet, no public parks or entertainment centers to visit, and families are staying for long stretches of time together in the same place,” psychiatrist Nermeen Geed said.
Other factors that contributed to domestic tension were the closure of schools, loneliness, financial problems and boredom, she said. “We are all in one boat, fighting an unknown enemy. So we must all agree on how to coexist and deal with these circumstances.”
 


First UAE delegation lands in Israel

Updated 20 October 2020

First UAE delegation lands in Israel

  • The officials were greeted by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
  • The delegation will remain in airport due to coronavirus regulations

DUBAI: The first official UAE delegation landed in Israel’s Ben Gurion airport on Tuesday, TV news channel Al-Arabiya reported.
The officials were greeted by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the report added, and will remain in the area of the airport due to coronavirus regulations. The whole visit will last for five hours.
The trilateral meetings between Israel, US and UAE will include Netanyahu, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Assistant to the President Avi Berkowitz, UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs Obaid Humaid Al-Tayer and UAE Minister of Economy Abdulla Bin Touq Al-Marri.
UAE’s Director of Strategic Communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affaris Hend Al-Otaiba posted an image of an Etihad plane with a caption saying “this morning UAE prepares to send its first official delegation to Israel, led by HE Obaid Al Tayer and HE Abdulla Bin Touq, and accompanied by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.”

“We will sign 4 agreements that will change the path of the people of UAE and Israel,” said Netanyahu. Israel and the UAE have already signed several commercial deals since mid-August, when they first announced they would establish full relations. “The agreements will strengthen bilateral relations between UAE and Israel,” said Al-Tayer. The UAE and fellow Gulf state Bahrain in September became the first Arab states in a quarter of a century to sign deals to establish formal ties with Israel, a move that Washington and its allies have said would foster regional peace and stability but which has been rejected by the Palestinians. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Middle East envoy Ari Berkowitz are joining them on the trip, after having accompanied an Israeli delegation to Bahrain on Sunday for a signing ceremony to formalize ties. (with agencies)