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Sick Saudi woman dies after ambulance denied access

Published on Feb 7, 2014 10:05 PM

RIYADH (AFP) - The death of an ailing female student at a Saudi university has stirred controversy on social media after an ambulance was denied access under the conservative Muslim kingdom's segregation laws.

Ms Amna Bawazeer, 24, died of a heart attack in the compound of the social sciences faculty of Riyadh's King Saud University.

Local media said medics in an ambulance were denied access because they were not accompanied by a "mahram", a legal guardian or male member of her family.

Angry female students have gone on Twitter to blame faculty officials for Ms Bawazeer's death.

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