Saudi Arabia’s religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers. In a rare criticism of the kingdom’s powerful “mutaween” police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday. About 800 pupils were inside the school in the holy city of Mecca when the tragedy occurred. One witness said he saw three policemen “beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the hukum forex arab saudi police because they were not wearing the abaya”.
Links to more Middle East stories are at the foot of the page. RIYADH: It was like a dream came true for orphans at the rehabilitation center run by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and for the patients at hospitals in Riyadh as a private firm turned up to celebrate Eid festivities with them. Riyadh-based company in the food and consumer staples retailing sector, visited patients at different hospitals and distributed gifts for Eid Al-Fitr. The team, headed by public relations manager Waddah Omran, visited as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility program.
Omran told Arab News on Wednesday. He said that the patient care included celebrating with them, especially children, and having fun with them, and providing free food, gifts and balloons. He said that HB executive managers Mutlaq Al-Rasheed, Faisal Al-Saif and CEO Hamdan Al-Badr joined in the visit and were happy to share the moment with the orphans and patients. We appreciate HB’s continuous and generous support to our activities at the hospital.
Omran said that besides visiting the hospital, HB invited 20 orphans and disabled from the rehabilitation center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, giving them the opportunity to enjoy a lunch and have fun with their supervisors and the HB team. They were also joined by Dr. Al- Saadoon expressed his happiness at joining in. We at Smile are specialized to support kids with cancer. But I have seen today the happiness of these invitees and I appreciate the HB initiatives. CEO Hamdan Al-Badr also expressed his pleasure at being there. Week-long festivities to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr mesmerized Riyadh residents with a fireworks display that lit up the sky over the capital, folklore presentations and traditional dance performances.