Saudi Medics Kept from Dying Woman

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Saudi Arabia's strict modesty laws were a matter of life and death on Wednesday when a female university student died after school officials barred the male paramedics from entering the women's campus. Emergency team was called after the student, Amina Bowzir, had a heart attack around 11 a.m., but they were kept outside until 1 p.m. The university said that the medical staff was not allowed on the campus because some students were not veiled, even though, in Islam, men can be in the presence of unveiled women during an emergency.