Category Archives: Arab

Egyptian commentator dies after watching his country lose to Saudi Arabia


An Egyptian commentator died after reportedly suffering a heart attack shortly after his country lost its final World Cup game against Saudi Arabia on Monday.

Abdel Rahim Mohamed fell ill at the headquarters of the Egyptian state television, where he was scheduled to provide commentary on Egypt’s game on the Nile Sports channel.

Colleagues rushed him to a medical care department in the building, before then taking him to the French Qasr Al-Aini Hospital, where doctors attempted to resuscitate him for over half an hour.



Autopsies to be conducted to rule out foul play in reported suicides of 2 Filipino maids in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia


Manila: The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said today autopsies will be conducted to rule out foul play in the reported suicides of two Filipino household service workers in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassies in Beirut and Riyadh are coordinating closely with investigating authorities to ensure that there was no foul play in the deaths of the two Filipino workers.

“We know their loved ones are asking why our two kababayan would even think of taking their own lives and we assure them that our embassies in Beirut and Riyadh will try to get those answers for them before we bring them home,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.

The Secretary said he has been informed by the Philippine Embassy in Beirut that it has already requested an autopsy on the remains of the household service worker who supposedly jumped from her employer’s 6th-floor apartment on 11 June.

In her report, Ambassador Bernardita Catalla informed Secretary Cayetano that the autopsy will be conducted by a court-appointed forensic doctor at the St. George Hospital on Friday.

Ambassador Catalla said she was assured by the doctor that he will conduct a very thorough investigation to see if there is evidence to support the possibility that foul play was involved in the death of the 35-year-old mother of three from Cagayan Province who came to Lebanon only in October.

In its report to the Secretary, the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh said it is waiting for the results of the investigation and autopsy on another household service worker who was earlier reported to have killed herself.

Ambassador Adnan Alonto said authorities will conduct an autopsy next week on the remains of the 40-year-old mother of two from Agusan del Sur who allegedly hanged herself with an electric cord at her employer’s residence in Al Hasa, outside Riyadh.

Ambassador Adnan Alonto said the victim has been working for her employer for the past three years.

Egyptian actor dies following World Cup match


Egyptian actor Maher Essam died of a stroke after suffering a cerebral artery hemorrhage following Egypt’s defeat in their first Russia World Cup match against Uruguay, Essam, 38, died on Sunday morning after being in a coma since the airing of the match on Friday afternoon.

Egypt’s Actors Syndicate announced that the actor was rushed to Imbaba Hospital following the incident on Friday, and was later moved to another specialized hospital when his condition got worse.

Egyptian actor Sherif Idris said that Essam’s artery erupted due to his heightened reaction to the World Cup match, Essam suffered a similar incident in April 2014, and stayed in a coma for weeks.

The actor made appearances in films with people like Adel Imam and Athar al-Hakim, Essam’s funeral will be held on Sunday.



Kuwait Embassy urges Citizens in to avoid protest areas for safety

1528048774_409_jordan-protests-snowball-over-price-hikes-income-tax-draft-lawAmman: Kuwait’s Ambassador to Jordan Dr. Hamad Al-Duaij urged Kuwaiti nationals in the Kingdom to keep away from areas of protests, for their safety.
In a statement by the embassy in Amman Sunday, Al-Duaij called on Kuwaitis to stay at home at night, except for urgent necessities, and to avoid areas where protests are staged, as well as the surrounding streets.
The envoy stressed keenness on Kuwaitis’ safety, mainly students, lauding security and safety in the Kingdom under its wise leadership, according to the statement.
In emergencies, Kuwaitis in Jordan can seek assistance through calling on 0096265675137, 009626575135, 0096265675136, 0096265605139 and 0096265699217. Over the past three days, Amman and some areas across Jordan have been the scene of protests against rise in prices.

Palestinian nurse shot dead by Israeli soldier


A young nurse has been shot dead by Israeli forces in Gaza, the latest killing of medical staff following weeks of violence against Palestinian protesters.

Razan Al-Najjar was a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic with the ministry of health who had helped treat protesters injured by Israeli live fire.

Najjar was shot by Israeli forces on the eastern border of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, She was wearing a white medical jacket when she was shot in the chest and dying.


Israeli snipers have been deployed to the Gaza border and shot hundreds of unarmed Palestinian protesters over the past seven weeks.