The assaulter also spits on the Asian worker after repeatedly slapping him

Video of Asian worker brutally beaten in Saudi Arabia reflects plight of expatriate workersA screenshot from the video
Features Monday, September 21, 2015 - 19:31

He holds his hands to his ears as his swollen left eye comes into view. Even as he begs for mercy, the first blow hits him right on the head. An attempt to defend himself results in another blow.

The Saudi government on Monday maintained that a video going viral online, which shows a man beating up an Asian construction worker, was not of a Saudi national but a national of another Arab country.

The video uploaded on YouTube showed a man described as a "Saudi engineer" beating up the worker engaged in the expansion work on the Grand Mosque in Makkah. In the two-minute-long video, the worker is heard pleading for mercy, but the assailant continues to kick and hit him.

The assaulter also spits on the Asian worker after repeatedly slapping him.

The video was shared by Canadian journalist Tarek Fatah on his Facebook page.

According to Abdullah Al Olayyan, director general of the Saudi labour ministry, inspection teams visited the site of the incident to find out the details about the incident, according to the “Sabaq” newspaper.

Al Olayyan said an investigation into the circumstances of the incident included those responsible at the site, the engineer who committed the assault and the worker who was beaten. He said that the engineer has admitted to what was shown in the video.

Al Olayyan added that the engineer, who is an "Arab immigrant", apologized to the worker who accepted his apology. He pointed out that the case will be pursued by the concerned authorities to complete the necessary action.

One report said the engineer was an Egyptian national.

A Saudi lawyer Abdulaziz Al-Mushaiti has also reportedly approached the government to take legal action against the engineer and arrest him for the assault, Saudi Gazette reported.

The video has triggered a debate in Saudi Arabia on the rights of expatriate workers.

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Editor's note: Agency copies had mentioned that the worker was Indian, but we have changed the same to asian

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