Thursday, February 10, 2011

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Passed Away

Islam Times - Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz passed away yesterday, according to an Islam Times reporter...
It is being reported from the Islam Times that Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah passed away.  I do not  know if it is true or not because I have not been able to find another confirming media source.

Islam Times: Saudi Arabia's 86-year-old King Abdullah was discharged from a New York City hospital in good health after going through two back operations in December 2010. The king delegated the management of the affairs of the world’s largest oil supplier to his half-brother, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, during his absence.

King Abdullah talked with Obama about the situation in Egypt over the phone yesterday. Obama and the King got into a heated debate about their opinions of what Hosni Mubarak should do. After the phone call sources stated that King Abdullah was furious and then suffered a sudden heart attack.

Doctors ran to his resuce but were unable to save him. He was pronounced dead, but his death was not reported due to the sensative conditions that exist in the region. The Saudi Arabian government will reject this claim; but the ball is in their court to prove that he is alive.

UPDATE: From The Jerusalem Post:

Embassy: Reports that Saudi King died are 'baseless rumors'

Saudi Arabia on Thursday strongly denied "baseless rumors" that Saudi King Abdullah had passed away earlier in the day, AFP reported.

According to the kingdom's embassy in Rabat, the king of the House of Saud was recovering in Morocco after undergoing back surgery in the United States late last year. A senior embassy official told the AFP, "I can assure that the health of King Abdullah is excellent and gives no cause for any concern."

The embassy source reportedly said that the king has "held several audiences" since he spoke with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday about the unrest in Egypt.

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