- Middle East/North Africa
In response to news reports of the alleged kidnapping and brutal rape of an Egyptian woman in Mecca, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday it was urgently contacting Saudi authorities for more information.
Mecca police found the woman with her hands and feet bound in an apartment in Sharaa district Tuesday, independent Saudi news portal Sabq reported Wednesday. She was taken to a hospital and was suffering physical injuries and psychological trauma, according to the website.
The victim reportedly said during questioning that she had been abducted by several young men who locked her in an apartment and took turns raping her each day. She was held in the apartment for five days until police found her, the website reported.
The news portal said police found her after a resident told them he had heard a woman screaming in a nearby building.
Deputy Foreign Minister Ali al-Eshairy said the ministry had called the Egyptian Consulate in Jeddah to verify the incident with Saudi authorities and submit a report on the details.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm