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Emirati mother on trial for locking children in home during fire

Emirati mother on trial for locking children in home during fire

An Emirati woman who lost her seven children, aged five to 13, in a horrific house fire last year is being tried for negligence under the 2016 Wadeema Law which “safeguards children in the UAE from neglect and abuse.” 

Salima Al Suraidi has been appearing in a local Fujairah court over the past year and is expected to receive a final verdict on Nov. 18, Gulf News reported. 

When the incident took place in January 2018, Al Suraidi had initially told police she was at home with the children when the fire broke out in the Rul Dhadna district residence. However, further investigations revealed she had gone out and locked her four daughters and three sons inside the room where they later suffocated to death due to the blaze. 

Al Suraidi was raising the children alone after she lost their father to cancer in 2014.