Report: Saudi Shoots Doctor For Delivering His Baby

| by Michael Allen
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An unidentified man allegedly shot a male doctor who helped deliver his baby in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, because he believed a female gynecologist should have assisted in the birth.

The father of the baby went to King Fahad Medical City under the guise of wanting to thank Dr. Muhannad Al Zabn for delivering his wife's baby. Instead, the new dad allegedly pulled a gun and shot Zabn, notes the Saudi news site Sabq, which was translated by Gulf News.

The dad reportedly fled the scene, while medics took Zabn to the emergency room and then to an intensive care unit.

Police arrested the dad.

Bassam Al Buraikan, a hospital spokesperson, said Zabn was in stable condition, and that security authorities are investigating the incident.

Social media users in Saudi Arabia mostly expressed support for Zabn, although some said female doctors should deliver babies to avoid this type of cultural clash.

In more Saudi news, a prominent cleric and member of the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars, said in May that people could not pose for pictures with cats or other animals, noted Newsweek.

During a TV broadcast Sheikh Saleh Bin Fawzan Al-Fazwan learned about "a new trend of taking pictures with cats has been spreading among people who want to be like Westerners."

"What do you mean pictures with cats?," Al-Fazwan questioned. "Taking pictures is prohibited. The cats don’t matter here."

"Taking pictures is prohibited if not for a necessity," the sheikh added. "Not with cats, not with dogs, not with wolves, not with anything."

Saudi Arabia citizens follow a strict version of Islam, called Wahhabism.

Earlier this year, Sheikh Abdulaziz al-Sheikh announced that chess was "a waste of time and money and a cause for hatred and enmity between players."

Pokemon was also banned in Saudi Arabia because the game allegedly promoted Christianity or Judaism due to crosses or the Jewish Star of David that appear on the cards. Pokemon was created in Japan.

Sources: Gulf News, Newsweek / Photo Credit: SAC Daniel Herrick/

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