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Woman who stabbed sleeping child beheaded

GAZA-TSHISA NEWSROOM

Riyadh – An Ethiopian woman who stabbed a small Saudi girl 30 times in her sleep was beheaded by the sword on Tuesday in the conservative Muslim kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Khadija bint Mohammed Isa was executed in Hafar al-Batin, northeast Saudi Arabia, it said in a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

She had “killed three-year-old child Aljazi bint Mohammed bin Fahd al Harbi… by stabbing her 30 times while she slept in her parents’ room,” the ministry said.

The suspect fled but was later captured and convicted, it said.

Local media said Isa was a nanny, although SPA did not clarify her employment status or say what led to the killing.

Working conditions of more than 2.4 million foreign mnannies in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries have been widely criticised.

Saudi Arabia last year passed new rules that grant maids one day of…

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