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Meanwhile, In Saudi Arabia… | Zero Hedge

Meanwhile, In Saudi Arabia… | Zero Hedge.

When the Arab Spring sprung a few years ago, the world’s eyes only really cared about one nation. If Saudi Arabia’s elite could not keep paying off their poor, an uprising in the world’s largest oil supplier could have significant (and catastrophic) consequences for the rest of the world. Of course, between being paid to lose weight (in gold) and raising unemployment insurance, the government has kept trouble at bay. However, things are shifting. As DPA repots, two police were killed after coming under heavy gunfire while trying to arrest several Shiite activists. Of course, this is a one off but notable in its occurrence for the first time since 2011. Saudi Arabia blames Iran of inciting its Shiite citizens to disturb security and stability.

Via DPA,

Two policemen and two fugitives were killed Thursday in Saudi Arabia when security forces tried to arrest the wanted men, the Interior Ministry said.

 

The incident occurred in Awwamiyyeh, in Qatif governorate, a stronghold of the country’s Shiite opposition.

 

Police came under heavy fire while carrying out the arrest operation and were forced to shoot back, ministry spokesman General Mansour al-Turki said.

 

A wave of protest swept the Shiite-dominated Qatif area, in eastern Saudi Arabia, in 2011. Since then there have been a number of shooting incidents, while authorities have pursued wanted Shiite activists.

 

The Shiites accuse authorities in the kingdom, which is dominated by the hardline Sunni Wahhabi tendency, of discrimination. Saudi Arabia denies this, describing the protesters as “rioters” financed by foreign countries to cause unrest in the world’s top oil exporter.

Saudi Arabia blames Iran of inciting its Shiite citizens to disturb security and stability.

In January, the US embassy in Riyadh warned its citizens against travelling to the district after gunmen attacked the car of two German diplomats.

 

Security forces who tried to arrest those suspected of being behind “armed unrest” were shot at and retaliated, a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying.

 

They seized “two weapons, a large quantity of ammunition, a bulletproof vest and weapons sights,” he added, warning the  authorities would crush any such resistance with “an iron fist”.

Awamiya has continued to experience problems despite the end of mass protests that erupted in the eastern region in March 2011 in the wake of the Arab Spring.

 

Saudi denies contact with Israel on Iran – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

Saudi denies contact with Israel on Iran – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

A recent IAEA report found that Iran had slowed down its nuclear programme [EPA]
Saudi Arabia has ruled out any contact with Israel, with which it has no diplomatic ties, after a British newspaper reported that the two countries could coordinate efforts against Iran.

The kingdom “has no relations or contacts with Israel of any kind or at any level,” said a foreign ministry spokesman, quoted by state news agency SPA on Monday.

Under the headline “Two old foes unite against Tehran,” Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper said Israel and Saudi Arabia were working together on “contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran if its nuclear programme is not significantly curbed.”

“As part of the growing cooperation, Riyadh is understood already to have given the go-ahead for Israeli planes to use its airspace in the event of an attack on Iran,” it said.

The Saudi spokesman said the report was “completely unfounded”.

The Israeli and Saudi governments are convinced that the international talks to place limits on Tehran’s military nuclear development will do little to slow its development of a nuclear warhead.

Widely believed to have a formidable nuclear arsenal itself, Israel has refused to rule out bombing Iran’s facilities, as it reportedly did with an Iraqi reactor in 1981 and a Syrian facility in 2007.

 

MERS virus transmission continues to baffle – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

MERS virus transmission continues to baffle – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

 

Saudi Arabia Goest To “DefCon 2” | Zero Hedge

Saudi Arabia Goest To “DefCon 2” | Zero Hedge.

 

Coronavirus claims another life in Saudi – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

Coronavirus claims another life in Saudi – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

 

More MERS virus deaths in Saudi Arabia – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

More MERS virus deaths in Saudi Arabia – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

 

Indonesian dies in Saudi residency protest – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

Indonesian dies in Saudi residency protest – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

 

Saudi Arabia sees more SARS-like virus cases – Middle East – Al Jazeera English

Saudi Arabia sees more SARS-like virus cases – Middle East – Al Jazeera English.

 

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