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Posted On: 28 October 2020 09:49 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:22 pm

Government Communications Office releases statement on abandoned baby found at HIA

Vrinda Abilash
Vrinda Abilash
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The Government Communications Office, on Wednesday, released a statement on an abandoned infant that was discovered at Hamad International Airport on 2 October.

The statement said "On 2nd October 2020, a newborn infant was found in a trash can, concealed in a plastic bag and buried under garbage, at Hamad International Airport. The baby girl was rescued from what appeared to be a shocking and appalling attempt to kill her. The infant is now safe under medical care in Doha.

This was the first instance of an abandoned infant being discovered in such a condition at HIA – this egregious and life-threatening violation of the law triggered an immediate search for the parents, including on flights in the vicinity of where the newborn was found. While the aim of the urgently-decided search was to prevent the perpetrators of the horrible crime from escaping, the State of Qatar regrets any distress or infringement on the personal freedoms of any traveler caused by this action."

The GCO statement also added, "His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the State of Qatar has directed that a comprehensive, transparent investigation into the incident be conducted. The results of the investigation will be shared with our international partners. The State of Qatar remains committed to ensuring the safety, security and comfort of all travelers transiting through the country."

READ: HIA's response to invasive search of female Australian passengers after premature baby found in airport bathroom.

Source: GCO
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