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Thursday 19 September 2019

Arrests made in Saudi Arabia following moves against critics of crown prince

King Salman of Saudi Arabia
King Salman of Saudi Arabia

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have detained 22 people on charges of incitement weeks after a crackdown on critics of the crown prince.

The swoop comes amid the kingdom's stand-off with Qatar.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday that state security forces that report to King Salman arrested the 22 for allegedly "stirring up feelings" and "inciting against public order" through the circulation of a video on social networking sites.

All are Saudi with the exception of one Qatari national.

The statement by a security official said the group's motives and links are being investigated.

Separately, the Interior Ministry says 24 people were detained in the landlocked Hail province.

Police say the men were arrested for allegedly promoting lies on social networking sites to "provoke sedition and tribal tensions".


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