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Mother who lost seven children fire charged with negligence

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Published on November 10, 2019 with No Comments

An Emirati mother who lost seven children in a fire at their house near Dibba Fujairah on January 22, 2018, has been charged with negligence over the incident and a verdict is expected on November 18.

Salima Al Suraidi told police she was at home at the time of the fire in Rul Dhadna, which was caused by faulty living room lights, but police soon discovered that she was out and had locked her children inside a room, where they suffocated due to the blaze. Having lost her husband to cancer in 2014, Salima was left to bring up her seven children alone. Prosecutors charged the mother with negligence under the 2016 Wadeema Law, which safeguards children in the UAE from neglect and abuse, and over the past year she has been appearing at Dibba Al Fujairah Court. In an unprecedented case under the new law, she could now face jail time and be ordered to pay blood money, following the deaths of her four girls and three boys, who were aged between five and 13-years-old, including two twin girls aged five. 


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