‘He had a bad attitude’: A former classmate recalls being bullied at the Saudi Academy of Sciences
A former Saudi Arabian Academy of Science student says the school was a “fantastic” and “great place” to learn and that he would “never be able to do that at any other school.”
“They’re always telling you how important you are, how important the whole world is to you, but the whole time they’re saying, ‘You’re not a citizen, you’re not in the country,'” Abdulaziz Al-Akhram said in an interview with CBC News.
Al-Ahram graduated from the Saudi academy in 2013 and said he attended school for five years and received a diploma.
“I love Saudi Arabia,” he said.
“It’s the only country I love.”
Al-Awram said he was at the academy on the weekend for his graduation ceremony.
He said he met several other Saudi students and his fellow Saudi graduates who were all from the same high school.
“The students were all very nice and I really like the people here,” he told CBC News in an email.
“They have a good atmosphere and are always friendly.”
Al Ahram said the academy was full of students from all over the country and he said it was a great place to study.
“There was nothing in my life that I was missing, that I didn’t have,” he added.
Al Ahrams story highlights the challenges faced by Saudi Arabia’s young people and the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) that has taken over much of the country’s northern and eastern parts.
Saudi Arabia is a key ally of the United States in the war against ISIL.
The kingdom has said it has taken military action in Iraq and Syria in response to the ISIL group’s actions, which include the killing of hundreds of civilians and the enslavement of thousands of women.
Saudi King Salman is widely seen as an ally of Trump and has repeatedly promised the United Nations that it would not be involved in the conflict in Syria.
Al Awram said his school, known as the Institute of Islamic Studies, was located on a hillside in the town of al-Qabah in the south of the kingdom.
He added that he was a member of the Saudi national team, which was based in the United Arab Emirates at the time of his graduation.
Saudi military officials said in a statement on Saturday that the country has killed more than 1,000 ISIL militants and their families in the last two weeks.
The statement also said the military “takes all the necessary measures” to stop “the spread of terror.”
Saudi Arabia has been the most important backer of the Syrian opposition and has also been at odds with the U.S. and other countries for years over its handling of the conflict.
Saudi authorities have repeatedly denied allegations of human rights abuses, and they say they are only fighting ISIL.
Al Alwaleed, the deputy ambassador to the U-N, said Saudi Arabia was working with the International Committee of the Red Cross and other aid groups to train Syrian fighters.
He told reporters in Vienna that the Saudi military has also set up a new training centre for Syrian opposition fighters in the kingdom’s capital, Riyadh.
Al Waleed said the Saudi regime’s involvement in Syria has been a source of concern for the United Nation and international human rights groups, particularly as the country continues to send money and weapons to the Syrian government.
The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution in November calling on Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states to cease funding and arming the Syrian regime.
The resolution, which came amid mounting concerns that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces were responsible for the chemical attack that killed more 70 people, also called for an end to all transfers of weapons from Saudi Arabia to the rebels.
Saudi officials, however, have repeatedly said that their role in Syria is to fight against ISIL and prevent the spread of extremism.
Saudi government-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah has also repeatedly called for the end of Saudi-U.S.-led coalition air strikes on its territory.
Hezbollah, which has close ties to Iran, has also claimed responsibility for a bombing in Lebanon last month that killed at least 23 people.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who took office last month, has pledged to boost cooperation with Iran and the Gulf states and has expressed support for a U.K.-brokered peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians.
Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Al Awamram, a former student, said he had “an amazing education” at the Riyadh Academy of Arts and Sciences, which he attended from 2009 to 2013.
“He spent his time studying, studying, learning,” Al Awams son, Abdulaziq Al Awamar, told CBC.
“As long as I’m alive I will be able see what happened to my father.”
Al Awami said his father was the most popular student in the school.
Al Arabiya News Channel reported