CCTV footage shows moment abandoned baby found at Qatar’s airport

0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Hamad International Airport in Doha.
Hamad International Airport in Doha.
Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images
  • Authorities have released footage of the moment a newborn baby girl was found abandoned at Qatar’s main airport on 2 October.
  • The security camera footage, obtained by local website Doha News, shows the infant wrapped in a blue blanket as she was discovered by paramedics.
  • The baby was recovered from a toilet where she was “concealed in a plastic bag and buried under garbage”.


Authorities have released footage of the moment a newborn baby girl was found abandoned at Qatar’s main airport on 2 October.

The one-minute, 17-second security camera footage, obtained on Wednesday by local website Doha News, shows the infant wrapped in a blue blanket as she was discovered by paramedics at Hamad International Airport.

“The footage surfaced just hours after Doha confirmed the launch of an immediate inquiry into the incident,” Doha News said in its report.

The baby was recovered from a toilet where she was “concealed in a plastic bag and buried under garbage”, according to a statement by the Government Communications Office.

An immediate inquiry was launched into the incident, which saw at least 13 female Australian passengers subjected to internal exams – a move Qatar’s government called “offensive” and “grossly inappropriate”.  Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne said female passengers on 10 flights were affected.

A spokesperson for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told Al Jazeera that “18 female passengers … were involved in the incident” on an October 2 flight to Sydney, adding 13 were Australian and five were of other nationalities.

The women, on board the Qatar Airways flight bound for Sydney, “had their genitals invasively examined without their consent”, the Seven News network reported on Sunday, adding the passengers were not given an explanation before the “strip searches” began.

One man on board the flight, QR908, told Australia’s ABC News that many of the women who were taken off the flight for the examination were visibly upset on their return.

“One of them was in tears, a younger woman, and people couldn’t believe what had happened,” Wolfgang Babeck said.

The Transport Workers’ Union of New South Wales, whose members service Qatar Airways planes at Sydney Airport, said on Tuesday it was considering industrial action against the carrier for “the brutal attack on the human rights of Australian female airline passengers”.

“Other countries affected absolutely share Australia’s views and the strength of Australia’s views,” said Frances Adamson, secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. “This is not by any standard normal behaviour and the Qataris recognise that and are appalled by it, do not want it to happen again.”

In a statement on Wednesday, Doha condemned the inappropriate conduct and said it “regrets any distress or infringement on the personal freedoms of any traveller caused by this action”.

Authorities are now searching for the woman in a criminal case that could be attempted murder.

The Qatar Government Communications Office said the baby is “now safe under medical care in Doha”.

Do you want to know more about this topic? Sign up for one of News24's 33 newsletters to receive the information you want in your inbox. Special newsletters are available to subscribers.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When planning for the Black Friday sales do you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Save, research and plan ahead, preparing to make the most of it?
8% - 950 votes
Wait and see what looks like a good deal on the day?
14% - 1796 votes
Have no interest in spending more money this year?
78% - 9857 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.22
(-0.33)
ZAR/GBP
20.37
(-0.42)
ZAR/EUR
18.13
(-0.35)
ZAR/AUD
11.19
(-0.09)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.39)
Gold
1811.18
(+0.12)
Silver
23.36
(+0.44)
Platinum
963.34
(+0.68)
Brent Crude
47.84
(+3.78)
Palladium
2328.00
(+0.08)
All Share
57742.19
(-0.03)
Top 40
52940.79
(-0.20)
Financial 15
11641.10
(-0.29)
Industrial 25
79835.50
(-0.36)
Resource 10
52605.42
(+0.07)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo