37-year-old Ashry Mohammed Hassan Moawad was shot five times. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: An Egyptian worker in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia was shot dead by a Saudi citizen following an altercation over  fees for loading vegetables.

The Saudi is also said to have shot the Egyptian man’s nephew.

Criminal investigation officers arrested the suspect, while the victim’s nephew is currently receiving treatment in a hospital in the Saudi capital.

Associates of the victim, 37-year-old Ashry Mohammed Hassan Moawad, said that he was working in Al Owais markets in Riyadh and brawled with the Saudi national, who shot him five times and injured his nephew as he rushed in to intervene.

Both victims came from Minya governorate in Upper Egypt. Saudi authorities will deliver Moawad’s body after concluding investigations and hearing the testimonies of eye witnesses.

Al Masry Al Youm newspaper obtained a medical report on the victim, which revealed that he had been sent to the emergency department following the incident but had already passed away. Bullets to the chest, shoulder and thigh caused his death, according to the report.

Legal procedures

Minister of State for Immigration and Egyptian Affairs Abroad Nabila Makram extended her sincere condolences to the Moawad family for the tragedy.

Makram added that the transfer of the deceased body will be followed up after the completion of all necessary legal procedures. She stressed confidence in the progress of investigations and legal procedures in Saudi Arabia.

For his part, labour attaché Ahmed Rajaei, the head of the Labor Representation Office in Riyadh, said that the Egyptian consulate immediately dispatched its legal advisor to the criminal investigation, the prosecution, forensic medicine and the hospital, to follow up the progress of the investigations and to identify the circumstances of the accident.