Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal honored Faiza Al-Ahmadi, the Saudi woman who videotaped the recent attack against a security officer at Jeddah’s Al-Hamra Corniche.
“The filming of the crime was a courageous patriotic work for which you deserve to be honored,” the prince told Al-Ahmadi during the honoring ceremony that took place at the emir’s office in Jeddah on Tuesday.
Corporal Abdullah Bin Ali Asiri who was attacked by a group of young men, including a Saudi and several foreigners, while performing his duty was also honored.
Al-Ahmadi’s seven-minute video, which covered the attack from beginning to end, went viral on social media with a large number of people condemning the incident and calling for harsh punishment against the perpetrators.
“Your spontaneous cry that accompanied the filming of the crime was a manifestation of your loyalty to your country and its leadership,” Prince Khaled told Al-Ahmadi. The emir also honored Nasser Matami, a security guard who rushed to help the policemen and chase the attackers.
During the ceremony, Prince Khaled also honored a number of policemen for their achievements in quickly arresting criminals, including the attackers of Asiri and the murderers of a famous Saudi businessman in Jeddah recently.
On her part, Al-Ahmadi expressed her happiness and pride over the honoring and said if she was not far away from the place of the attack she herself would have gone to the rescue of the policeman.
“We are all obliged to defend the security men who are guarding our lives by protecting us against all evils,” she said.
The article was first published in Saudi Gazette onMarch 30, 2017