Al-Mosouwarah carnage survivors recount horror

Al-Mosouwarah carnage survivors recount horror


Saudi Gazette report

DAMMAM — Some survivors of indiscriminate firing by terrorists in Al-Mosouwarah neighborhood in Awamiyah district in Qatif are still traumatized by what they went through.

A two-year-old Saudi child and a Pakistani expatriate were killed and 14 others injured during the terrorist operation.

Two of the injured are still in critical condition in a hospital while eight have been discharged after treatment.

The survivors lauded the security forces and the medical staff of the Qatif central hospital.

Hassan Al-Ahmed, a 60-year-old taxi driver, said he was on his way home after finishing work at about 7:30 p.m. when he was surprised by a flurry of gunfire.

“I did not stop. I tried to escape and continued to drive but the random bullets did not spare me,” he said.

Al-Ahmed said he drove for about half an hour bleeding profusely from bullet wounds until he reached a camp where a number of expatriates were living.

“The expatriates were kind enough to transport me to a hospital and call my sons,” he said.

Al-Ahmed said his left shoulder was dislocated and its bones were shattered. “I will be operated on in the coming days,” he said.

Ahmed Shuwaiheen, a Saudi man in his 30s, was hit by a bullet in his right shoulder as he was standing in front of his home.

“The bullet passed through my chest and got lodged in my right shoulder. The bleeding was stopped by surgical intervention but the bullet is still there,” he said.

Murtada Al-Zakariya, a 27-year-old Saudi, said he was on his way to Al-Awamiyah driving his wife and her aunt with her three-year-old daughter when he heard the gunshots.

“Luckily my wife and her relatives were unhurt, but two bullets hit me in the left hip,” he said.

He said despite the injury and pain he continued to drive until he reached the Qatif hospital.

Zakariya appreciated the efforts of the hospital staff to save his life.

Al-Mosouwarah is an old neighborhood with a total area of 120,000 square meters. There are 488 dilapidated houses, which are to be demolished as part of a development plan. The area has been used as a hideout by terrorists.

According to sources, about 80 percent of the houses in the area are not suitable for accommodation.

They said the government will compensate the owners of small houses.