Saudi man shoots male doctor who assisted in wife’s labour

Riyadh, May 27 (IANS) A Saudi husband has been arrested for shooting a male doctor who assisted during his wife’s childbirth. The shooter believed the doctor had no right to be present during labour and that only a female gynaecologist should have assisted the delivery.

The woman gave birth at the King Fahad Medical City in the Saudi capital Riyadh back in April, Saudi news site Sabq reported.

Shortly after the birth, the woman’s husband went to the hospital and asked to meet Muhannad Al Zabn, a Jordanian national who helped his wife during labour. The man said he wanted to thank the doctor.

Both met in the hospital garden but instead of expressing gratitude to the doctor, the new father took a gun concealed under his clothes and shot him.

“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, as quoted by Al-Araby newspaper.

The spokesperson added that the doctor’s condition was stable.

The man was later arrested and the authorities have launched an investigation into the matter.

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