Saudi police arrest man after knife attack on guard at French consulate in Jeddah

Police arrested a Saudi man in Jeddah after he attacked and injured a security guard at the French consulate. (File/SPA)
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Updated 30 October 2020

Saudi police arrest man after knife attack on guard at French consulate in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A Saudi citizen was being questioned by security authorities on Thursday after a guard at the French Consulate in Jeddah was attacked with a knife.
The security guard, who works for a private security firm, was treated in hospital for minor injuries that were said not to be a cause for concern.
The French Embassy said it had full confidence that the Saudi authorities would establish the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“The Diplomatic Security Special Forces have arrested a citizen —  in his forties — after he attacked a security guard with a sharp tool at the French Consulate in Jeddah,” Makkah Region Police  spokesman Maj. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi said.
“The security guard has sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital to receive the necessary treatment. The perpetrator has been arrested, and statutory measures are being taken against him.”
The French Embassy in Saudi Arabia called on its citizens to exercise caution. It said: “The French Consulate General in Jeddah was the target of a knife attack this morning against a guard employed by a security company.”
The embassy said it “firmly condemns this attack against a diplomatic site,” affirmed its “full support for the victim,” and expressed its confidence in the Saudi authorities “to shed light on this attack and ensure the safety of the French sites and community in the country.”


Hybrid learning is the future, says Saudi deputy minister of education

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Hybrid learning is the future, says Saudi deputy minister of education

  • Al-Sudairy said the ministry adopted online education systems to ensure the continuity of education, and protect students and teachers from contracting the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s deputy minister of education has highlighted hybrid learning as the “path to the future.”

Dr. Mohammed Al-Sudairy said distance or e-learning should no longer be viewed simply as a response to emergencies but as a strategic option for the future.

He was speaking at a workshop titled “Measurement of operational efficiency of college education in the light of COVID-19” organized by King Faisal University.

Highlighting measures taken by Saudi education authorities in the wake of the pandemic, Al-Sudairy said the ministry adopted online education systems to ensure the continuity of education, and protect students and teachers from contracting the virus.

“The decision ensured social distancing and the quality of education,” he said, adding that the ministry harnessed all its capabilities to act quickly.

Al-Sudairy said that online education began for all educational grades at the same time. The ministry achieved great results as students and teachers continued to interact online in a safe environment and without any loss to the academic year.

The ministry, public and private universities, colleges, and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation were able to shift to online education within one day of the decision to suspend physical attendance at school, he said.

Adapting to the virtual reality ensured the needs of teachers were met, while also increasing operational efficiency of university education and higher education.

Al-Sudairy said the online-learning system is not new. “Universities started making investments in e-learning in 2007,” he added.

The deputy minister called for the adoption of modern technologies and enhancement of teachers’ capabilities in terms of presenting interactive content on electronic platforms.