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Woman delivers baby at Jeddah airport

Boy named Abdullah after Saudi monarch

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Manama: An Afghani woman gave birth to a baby boy at King Abdul Aziz Al Saud airport in the Red Sea resort of Jeddah. She delivered the baby as she was getting ready to fly home.

“The woman was leaving for Kabul through the Pilgrims’ City when she went into labour and delivered the baby,” Abdul Hameed Abu Al Ari, the airport manager, said.

The airport services responded to the situation and assisted the mother before she was transferred to a maternity hospital in Jeddah to monitor the case, Saudi Arabic news site Sabq reported on Monday.

The parents decided to call the baby “Abdullah” after the Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, who took the throne in August 2005 following the death of King Fahad.

Readers reacting online to the news offered their best wishes to both the mother and the baby.

“May God grant them happiness and may he grant the baby a blessed life,” a reader writing under “The Graduate” moniker posted.

“We all love King Abdullah,” Saud TV commented.