Saudi social media has reacted to news of a Saudi man sought by police after he shot and critically wounded an obstetrician who delivered his newborn baby.
The physician, a Jordanian national, was called to intervene in the delivery that had been supervised by a female obstetrician and gone awry.
After saving both the mother and the baby, he was approached by the suspect, who allegedly wanted to thank him. He took him to the garden of the hospital, the King Fahed Medical Center in Riyadh, where he shot him in the shoulder apparently in front of children playing nearby, saying that he had been told that the delivery would be carried out by a woman. The physician was rushed to intensive care.
News of the incident went viral on social media.
“It’s primitive, ignorant and stupid,” Farook tweeted.
@RTarabic الا تخلف و جهل وغباء
— Farooq M. Al-Quraish (@AbuTaloly) May 26, 2016
Mubarak tweeted: “Dear Allah, where is this country heading? From the top of the world to the bottom.”
@RTarabic يا إلهي الي اين تلك الأمة من القمة إلى الحضيض
— Mubarak Baraka (@mubarak_baraka) May 26, 2016
“This problem exists in many Arab countries but in Saudi Arabia it’s ten times worse because women aren’t allowed to work like men,” Ali wrote.
@RTarabic أغلبية المجتمعات العربيه لديها نفس المشكله لكن المشكله أسوأ في السعوديه لأنهم لا يعطون فرصه لنساءهم بالعمل كالرجال
— ali sadek (@AlisadekAli) May 26, 2016
Abu Abbas weighed in: “It’s not jealousy, it’s primitiveness and ignorance and boorishness. Thank Allah for giving us brain.”
@RTarabic هذه ليست غيره بل تخلف وجهل وقلة ثقافه والحمد لله على نعمة العقل
— ابوعباس التميمي (@qwerrewqali7) May 27, 2016
Tareq was reminded of a recent attack on a Christian woman in Egypt, who was beaten and publicly undressed because her son allegedly fell in love with a Muslim woman.
“A Saudi man shoots an obstetrician who delivered his child and removed his wife’s veil,” he tweeted. “In Egypt a woman is undressed and her house set ablaze because her son fell in love with a Muslim.”
اخبار:سعودي يطلق النار على طبيب لانه اجرى عملية ولادة على زوجته وكشف حجابها.اما في مصر تعرية سيدة مسيحية وحرق بيتها لان ابنها حب بنت مسلمة.😳
— طارق السعدي (@tarek_oo7) May 26, 2016
He then continued: “The nice thing is that everybody wonders where IS emerged from??!”
@tarek_oo7 لا .. والأظرف من هيك بيسألوا حالهم لحد الآن وباستغراب : من أين أتت داعش ؟!!
— j.alashkar (@j_alashkar) May 26, 2016
One commenter said that he should be executed in the scene of the crime. “It should set an example. If he gets off, we’ll see more of these instances.”
@an7a_com هذا يجب قتله في المكان الذي اطلق النار به ليكون عظه وعبره وان تم السكوت عليه فسنرى تكرار هذي الحاله
— مضاوي (@msglow613) May 26, 2016