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Saudi police arrests man who shot doctor for helping wife deliver a baby

The man shot the doctor one month after the delivery because he wanted a woman gynecologist to assist instead

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A Saudi man was arrested after he shot the male obstetrician that assisted his wife’s delivery, reported local Saudi news site Sabq on Thursday.

The shooter argued that Dr. Muhannad Al Zabn had no right to help during the delivery and that a woman gynecologist should have done the job instead.

The delivery took place at the King Fahad Medical City in the Saudi capital Riyadh, with the help of Dr. Zabn, who is half Jordanian and half Saudi.

The shooting occurred one month after the delivery, when the father went into the hospital to ‘thank’ the Dr. for helping his wife during the delivery.

As him and Dr. Zabn conversed in the hospital’s garden, the husband took out a gun he was hiding under his clothes and shot him.

The incident was confirmed by the hospital’s spokesperson Bassam Al Buraikan.

Buraikan said the doctor’s condition was now stable.

He added that evidence from the crime scene is being collected for the ongoing investigation.

Many social media users sided with the obstetrician and expressed sympathy, while others argued that women gynecologists should be available to deliver babies in respect of cultural and religious values.