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Bahrain accident victims to be buried in Saudi Arabia

Relatives of the Bahrainis say that tragedy was a resilience test in times of adversity

Gulf News

Manama: The five Bahraini relatives who died in a car crash in Saudi Arabia will be buried in Medina, their family said.

Saliha Ahmad, the grandmother, Ruqaya, her daughter-in-law, Ahmad, Mohammad and Fatima, her grandchildren, died on Saturday after the car in which they were being driven from Makkah where they performed Umrah to Medina, 400 kilometres to the north, crashed.

Three more passengers and the driver were injured and are still recuperating at a hospital in the Saudi kingdom amid reports that two of them are in critical condition.

The accident reportedly happened after the car hit a metal barrier.

The Bahraini consulate in Jeddah has sent out a team to provide assistance and follow up on the cases of the dead and the injured, sources at the Red Sea diplomatic mission said.

The family said that two of the children’s uncles had also flown to Saudi Arabia to follow up on the burial procedures and on the possibility of transporting the injured to Bahrain.

Relatives in the village of Quarya said that they were devastated by the terrible news about the death of the five members of the same family, but insisted that they accepted their fate as God’s decision.

“This terrible tragedy is a test by God of our resilience and patience during times of adversity,” they said.

In December, three Bahraini girls were killed and 50 other passengers were injured when their bus overturned as they were heading home from Medina.