Qatar's former ruler flown to Switzerland after breaking leg on holiday

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Qatar's former ruler was flown to Switzerland for surgery over the weekend after breaking his leg on holiday and is now recovering there, government officials said Tuesday.

See Full Article

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who ruled Qatar after a 1995 bloodless coup until handing power to his son in 2013, is undergoing physiotherapy in Zurich and recovering, the Qatar Government Communications Office said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The statement said Sheikh Hamad was flown to Zurich on Saturday. Government officials declined to say how or where Sheikh Hamad broke his leg.

Airplane hobbyists and online airplane tracking website FlightRadar24 reported several Qatari flights landing in Zurich around that time, first from Morocco and later from Qatar, raising speculation Sheikh Hamad might have suffered his injury in Morocco.

The state-run Qatar News Agency has yet to report on his injury and surgery. However, it said Morocco's King Mohammed VI called Qatar's ruling emir on Sunday.

Swiss media reported earlier this week that Zurich's international airport opened afterhours to accept Qatari airplanes counter to local regulations in place meant to avoid disturbing those living around the airport at night.

Swiss civil aviation authorities later told the AP that the flights had been authorized by the Swiss air force, without explaining why they were allowed to land afterhours.

Sheikh Hamad, 63, is believed to have been in poor health for years. Under his 18-year rule, he transformed Qatar from a backwater into an Arab powerbroker that will host the 2022 World Cup and that's home to satellite news broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

Sheikh Hamad's son, Sheikh Tamim, now rules Qatar, a small, peninsular nation rich in natural gas and oil.

-----

Associated Press writer Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed to this report.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • Saskatoon robbery foiled when worker disarms thief by hitting him with metal rod

    Canada News CTV News
    SASKATOON -- A robbery attempt in Saskatoon was apparently foiled when an employee disarmed the suspect. Police say a masked man forced his way in the back door of a business by pointing a handgun at the employee. Source
  • B.C. NDP to introduce throne speech confidence motion Monday, vote Thursday

    Canada News CTV News
    VICTORIA - British Columbia's New Democrats say they will introduce an amended motion Monday that aims to defeat Premier Christy Clark's minority Liberal government. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth says the Opposition will introduce a confidence motion as an amendment to the debate on Thursday's throne speech. Source
  • Car barge on fire in Victoria's Gorge Waterway

    Canada News CBC News
    Victoria fire crews and a fire boat are battling what appears to be a large fire on a barge in the Gorge Waterway. The barge is loaded with crushed cars and smoke and flames can be seen coming from the cars. Source
  • Alberta transgender teacher fired in 2008 loses case in appeal court

    Canada News CBC News
    When a transgender teacher reached a deal in 2010 with the Greater St. Albert Catholic School District he gave up his right to have his complaint heard by the human rights commission, the Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled. Source
  • Ruff looking entries for World's Ugliest Dog contest

    World News Toronto Sun
    PETALUMA, Calif. — The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in California is celebrating the inner beauty and imperfections of man’s best friend on Friday. The pooches — many of which are adoptable or previously adopted — will face off in a red carpet walk and “Faux Paw Fashion Show,” organizers said. Source
  • Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

    World News Toronto Sun
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A live Asian carp has been discovered in a Chicago waterway about nine miles from Lake Michigan — well beyond an electric barrier network designed to prevent the invasive fish that have infested the Mississippi River system from reaching the Great Lakes, officials said Friday. Source
  • Indigo backs down after illustrator claims they stole her Montreal 375 design

    Canada News CBC News
    Bookstore giant Indigo has stopped selling a gift card celebrating Montreal's 375th anniversary after an illustrator complained it had plagiarized her design. This is Bess Callard's original print, which she says was created in 2013. Source
  • Top soldier expected to issue directive encouraging participation in Pride

    Canada News CTV News
    OTTAWA -- Canada's top soldier, Gen. Jonathan Vance, is expected to issue a directive in the coming days encouraging military personnel to attend Pride events in uniform. Sources are describing the measure as part of a larger effort to make the military more diverse and inclusive, which includes reaching out and interacting with different communities. Source
  • Cougar shot and killed near west-central Alberta school

    Canada News CTV News
    ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. -- Police say they shot and killed a cougar that had climbed a tree near a school in west-central Alberta. RCMP say they responded to a 911 call early today in Rocky Mountain House about a cougar that was spotted walking down Main Street. Source
  • Riaz Mamdani breaks silence on Mount Royal shooting [Photos]

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    When millionaire real estate developer Riaz Mamdani was shot six times outside of his Mount Royal mansion in December, he still had the wherewithal to phone 911. Bleeding heavily and in pain, he spoke with the operator until help arrived — and then walked to the ambulance. Source