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Issue No: 14396 ISSN (1320-0326 )


Saudi Riyal 2

MONDAY 20. 2. 17 JAMAD I 23 1438

‘My brother fought cancer with

a smile and I will do the same’

By Faheem Al-Hamid

Okaz/Saudi Gazette


The sister of Ham-

za Iskandar, the Saudi youth who

fought cancer with a smile till his

last breath, is now fighting her

own battle with sarcoma (a can-

cerous tumor of connective or

other nonepithelial tissue).

“My brother Hamza died of

cancer at 25 years of age, but he

passed on a legacy to me that I

will carry on,” said 24-year-old

Hanaa Iskandar.

“My brother fought cancer

with a smile and I will do the

same,” said Hanaa, who often

wanders into her brother’s room

and rearranges his stuff.

“I imagine him sitting at his

couch. I talk to myself as if I am

talking to him. The tears still flow

down my face. I look at his count-

less trophies that he won from

his cancer fighting campaigns. I

have to be strong for my family.

My dad and my brother Moham-

mad are still in shock at the loss,”

said Hanaa.

“My family is going through

a lot emotionally and financially.

They just lost a son to cancer and

they will have to go through the

trauma of chemotherapy all over

again and the possibility of los-

ing me also. Not to mention that

hospital bills are expensive,” she


“I will have to go to the Unit-

ed States for my treatment. I need

to go through four chemotherapy

sessions before returning to Sau-

di Arabia to continue my treat-

ment. I will be taking doses of a

new type of medication called

Lartruvo to replace chemothera-

py,” said Hanaa, adding that she

will be the first Saudi woman to

ever take this treatment.

Hanaa with her late brother Hamza.

Last October, the US Food

and Drug Administration granted

accelerated approval to Lartruvo

(olaratumab) with doxorubicin

to treat adults with certain types

of soft tissue sarcoma (STS),

which are cancers that develop

in muscles, fat, tendons or other

soft tissues.

“This medicine is only avail-

able in a hospital in Texas. I don’t

want to go back to chemothera-

py. My family is waiting for the

Ministry of Health to grants us

funds to go to Texas,” said Hanaa,

whose brother Hamza died last

month after battling cancer for

five years.


Hamza’s father said he re-

members the last conversation

he had with his son.

“He was telling me: ‘Dad, hur-

ry up. I can’t breathe anymore. I

am too tired.’ Once we reached

a hospital, we found that it was

closed and they wouldn’t take

my son in. My son then told me:

‘Dad, it’s too late. I’m gonna die.’

I told him we’re not too late, it’s

death that has come early. And I

saw his eyes close. He was able

to recite the Shahadah before he

died,” said the father.

Hamza’s mother today car-

ries the fight starter by her son.

She says, they will fight cancer

with a smile.

Link to Hamza Iskandar’s

fight with cancer published in

Saudi Gazette on Jan. 26.



Iran main sponsor of global terror: Jubeir


Saudi Minister of

Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir

said on Sunday that Iran was the

main sponsor of terrorism in the

world, a destabilizing force in the

Middle East and wanted to “de-

stroy us.”

“Iran remains the single

main sponsor of terrorism in the

world,” Jubeir told delegates at

the Munich Security Conference.

“It’s determined to upend the

order in Middle East ... (and) until

and unless Iran changes its be-

havior it would be very difficult

to deal with a country like this.”

He said Iran was propping up

the government of Syrian Presi-

dent Bashar Al-Assad, funding the

Houthi separatists in Yemen and

violent groups across the region.

He said the international com-

munity needed to set clear “red

lines” to halt Iran’s actions.

“Iran is the problem, not the

solution, in Syria and Yemen,” he


Asked what he would want

to request US President Don-

ald Trump, Jubeir said he wants

Trump “to assert American lead-

ership, to be engaged with the

world, to work with allies, to be a

force for good — as America has

always been.

“I believe that the Iranians

must understand that acting the

way they have for the past 35

years is not acceptable. I believe

that the Iranians must understand

that the world will not let them

get away with literally murder.

And I think when they do, their

behavior will change. But so far

we haven’t seen a change in be-


“And so the Iranians have vio-

lated the ballistic missile accords.

The Iranians have stepped up the

tempo of their mischief during

their negotiations with the P5+1,

and they continued to step it up

after the agreement was signed.

“I don’t believe that Iran is

an irrational actor. I think they’re

very rational. I think that Iran

knows where the red lines are, if

the red lines are drawn clearly.

“I don’t know where there

have been talks about different

coalitions. The issue is not physi-

cally fighting Iran. We’re looking

at hoping that Iran will change

its behavior so it can become an

accepted member of the interna-

tional community, and become

a productive and constructive

member of the Middle East.

“We’re waiting for the Irani-

ans to do so....until they do this,

we will have no choice but to push

back against them.”


Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks on the last day of

the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Sunday.

— AP

King Salman embarks on

5-nation tour next month

Saudi Gazette report


Custodian of the

Two Holy Mosques King Salman

will embark on a five-nation

Asian tour early next month.

The King will visit Indone-

sia, Japan, China, Malaysia and

the Maldives.

The high-profile visit shows

the keenness of the Kingdom to

expand its ties with East Asian

nations in the changed global

scenario, according to well-in-

formed sources.

Indonesian Religious Affairs

Minister Lukman Hakim Sae-

fuddin said that King Salman’s

week-long visit to Indonesia will

further bolster the strategic rela-

tions between the two countries.

The Saudi-Indonesian sum-

mit talks, led by King Salman

and Indonesian President Joko

Widodo, will cover the entire

King Salman

Care and compassion

Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister

of interior, hugs a child with Down syndrome during a reception

at his office in Riyadh on Sunday. The Crown Prince, who is hon-

orary president of the Voice of Down Syndrome Society, received

a delegation of members and officials of the society and some

children affected with this disorder.


gamut of bilateral relations.

Saudi Arabia signed several

landmark agreements with Chi-

na and Japan during the visit of

Deputy Crown Prince Muham-

mad Bin Salman, second deputy

premier and minister of defense.

The volume of trade between

Saudi Arabia and Malaysia shot

up to more than SR15 billion

in 2015. The Kingdom ranks 19

among the trade partners of

Malaysia, and 23rd among the

countries importing goods from




Custodian of the Two Holy

Mosques King Salman issued on

Sunday a royal decree, appoint-

ing 145 judges and promoting

another 169 judges in various

grades of the judicial sector.

Minister of Justice Waleed

Al-Samaani said that the royal

order reflects the King’s contin-

uous support for the Kingdom’s

judicial system and his keenness

to further improve its efficiency.