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Row over Saudi female campus death

Published 06/02/2014 | 17:27

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Paramedics were called to the campus in Riyadh after the student suffered a heart attack

A student who suffered a heart attack at Riyadh has died after university staff would not allow paramedics to immediately enter a female-only area of the campus to help her, a Saudi newspaper says.

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Okaz reported that administrators impeded efforts by the male paramedics to save the student's life at the King Saud University. The paper says staff took an hour before allowing the paramedics in on Wednesday.

The death spurred thousands of online comments about the country's strict segregation of the sexes.

But the university's rector, Badran Al-Omar, denied the report, saying there was no hesitation in letting the paramedics in. He says the university did all it could to save the life of the student, who was named as Amna Bawazeer.

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