Saudi Arabia government arrests US citizens


At least eight writers and bloggers, including two US citizens, were arrested by the Saudi Arabia government in the latest crackdown on supporters of detained women activists whose trial has drawn alot of attention.

The arrest came the morning after US lawmakers voted to end military support for a Saudi-led war in neighbouring Yemen, which has triggered what the UN describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

This is the first breakdown since October after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consolate, which sparked unprecedented international scrutiny of the kingdom’s human rights record.

Campaigners identified the US-Saudi dual nationals as writer and doctor Bader al-Ibrahim and Salah al-Haidar, the son of Aziza al-Yousef — a high-profile activist who was temporarily released last week but remains on trial along with other women campaigners.


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