Saudis turn them­selves in over at­tacks: Min­istry

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia - Three Saudi Ara­bi­ans wanted in con­nec­tion with protests, un­rest and at­tacks on po­lice in the Shi­itemajor­ity east­ern dis­trict of Qatif turned them­selves in on Mon­day, the In­te­rior Min­istry said.

The three men were on a ‘list of 23 fugi­tives wanted for crimes’ in Qatif, the min­istry said in a state­ment car­ried by the of­fi­cial SPA news agency.

It warned that peo­ple who ‘har­bour or con­ceal’ any sus­pects ‘could face con­se­quences’.

Qatif is home to a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of the king­dom’s mi­nor­ity Shi­ites, who are es­ti­mated at around ten per cent of the pop­u­la­tion and who have long com­plained of marginal­i­sa­tion by the Sunni au­thor­i­ties.

Since 2011, there has been a crack­down on po­lit­i­cal dis­sent in Qatif which has seen a string of as­saults on se­cu­rity forces in re­cent weeks.

Six of­fi­cers were wounded on Sun­day when their pa­trol came un­der at­tack in the Al-Ma­soura neigh­bour­hood of Qatif.

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