26 May 2016

Saudi man shoots male doctor for delivering his baby

Jordanian obstetrician Dr Mohannad al-Zubn helped a Saudi woman give birth at the King Fahad Medical City in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, last month.

The new father went to the hospital, saying he wanted to thank the doctor - but, after meeting him outside in the garden, withdrew a concealed gun and shot him at close range.

The unnamed attacker was reported to have carried out the shooting because he did not believe a man should have helped his wife give birth.

"The husband came to the hospital looking for the doctor and shot him in the chest in an attempt to kill him for helping his wife deliver a baby," said a hospital spokesperson.

.... Although many Saudi Twitter users condemned the attack, there were also some who supported the attacker - saying a female physician should have treated the pregnant woman.

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