x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Maid in deadly fight sees her condition improve, Dubai police say

An Ethiopian maid who was critically injured in a bloody fight that left another domestic helper dead sees her condition improve

DUBAI // A maid who was critically injured in a bloody fight that left another domestic helper dead has seen her condition improve in hospital, police said yesterday.

"The woman's condition has stabilised and she has been moved out of intensive-care unit, but is still in a very bad psychological condition," said Col Ali Ghanem, director of the Bur Dubai Police station. "She tried to hurt herself and she was banging her head in the wall. We are not sure of her mental condition, but we are still waiting until she gets better to be able to question her."

The fight with meat skewers and knives took place between the two women, both Ethiopians in their early 20s, yesterday morning inside their employers' laundry.

Police went to the villa in Bur Dubai at around 11am yesterday after receiving a report on the fight.

The dead woman was identified as HSS. The woman in hospital was identified as FYA. Police said HSS was stabbed with a meat skewer to several parts of her body, while FYA was stabbed with a knife.

Police found the two women lying in their blood after breaking down the room's door, which had been locked from the inside. They were transferred to Rashid Hospital but HSS died on the way.

Authorities still do not know what caused the fight between the two women, who worked in the same household along with 10 other maids, but police said there were no previous fights between the two.

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