LEBANESE NEWS ANCHOR NAJWA KASSEM DEAD AT 51
Renowned Lebanese news anchor died in her home in Dubai on Thursday. Najwa Kassem, 51, worked for Saudi Arabian news channel Al Arabiya as a senior presenter, where she covered regional news, including the Iraq war, and the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri in 2005.
The late TV presenter joined Al Arabiya as it launched in Dubai in 2003 and went on to make a name for herself by reporting from the front lines of Baghdad, and in Lebanon during the 2006 war.
She also presented the popular political show Hadath Al Youm (today's incident) that aired on Al Arabiya and Al Hadath TV.
Kassem's death was confirmed by Al Arabiya. "Al Arabiya network mourns Najwa Kassem, our colleague and journalist, who died this morning at her home in Dubai," the statement read.
The cause of her death was not disclosed, but Kassem last tweeted on Wednesday, sharing a video of Burj Khalifa's fireworks display and wishing her 208,000 followers a happy new year.
Source: National News Agency