Shi’ite cleric among 47 executed in Saudi Arabia, stirring anger in region

Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shi'ite Muslim cleric and dozens of al Qaeda members on Saturday, signalling it would not tolerate attacks, whether by Sunni jihadists or minority Shi'ites, and stirring sectarian anger across the

Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shi’ite Muslim cleric and dozens of al Qaeda members on Saturday, signalling it would not tolerate attacks, whether by Sunni jihadists or minority Shi’ites, and stirring sectarian anger across the region.

Hundreds of Shi’ite Muslims marched through Qatif district of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province in protest at the execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr, an eyewitness said. They chanted “down with the Al Saud”, the name of the ruling Saudi royal family.

Nimr, the most vocal critic of the ruling Al Saud among the Shi’ite minority, had come to be seen as a leader of the sect’s younger activists, who rejected the quiet approach of older community leaders for failing to achieve equality with Sunnis.

Four, including Nimr, were Shi’ites accused of involvement in shooting policemen. But most of the 47 executed in the kingdom’s biggest mass execution for decades were Sunnis convicted of al Qaeda attacks in Saudi Arabia a decade ago.

The executions took place in 12 cities in Saudi Arabia, four prisons using firing squads and the others beheading. In December, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula threatened to retaliate against Saudi Arabia for any execution of its members.

Riyadh’s main regional rival Iran and its Shi’ite allies immediately reacted with vigorous condemnation of the execution of Nimr, threatening Saudi Arabia and the Al Saud with severe repercussions, in protests ranging as far afield as India.

However, the executions seemed mostly aimed at discouraging Saudis from jihadism after bombings and shootings by Sunni militants in Saudi Arabia over the past year killed dozens and Islamic State called on followers there to stage attacks.

Saudi Arabia’s ruling Al Saud family has grown increasingly nervous in recent years as Middle East turmoil, especially in Syria and Iraq, has empowered Sunni militants seeking to bring it down and given room to Shi’ite Iran to spread its influence.

The simultaneous execution of 47 people – 45 Saudis, one Egytian and a man from Chad – was the biggest mass execution for security offences in Saudi Arabia since the 1980 killing of 63 jihadist rebels who seized Mecca’s Grand Mosque in 1979.

Reuters

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16 COMMENTS
  • AHMED SALEH !!! January 2, 2016

    Middle East is at war with ISIS and the timing for Saudia action to
    divert the attention doesn’t make a sense . Don’t they realize that
    the fight involved in Yemen had to do with Shia people ?
    Now if HOUTI of Yemen benefited to win support from outsiders , they
    are responsible to held the blame .
    Issayas must think and analyze the dangers of his decisions in this
    critical regional politics . It isn’t the relationship but the extent
    beyond crossing line on their agreement make us nervous .

    • Semharr January 3, 2016

      Ahmed Saleh,
      Do not be naive,you must realize that the tyrant Isayas, the ISIS and the Saudi leaders are all the same. They all have one thing in common, they are tyrants. they rule without law and they use extreame cruel tactics against their own people as well as others.

      • AHMED SALEH !!! January 4, 2016

        I prefer to oppose Issayas authority based on logic of political theory
        than unnecessary regional or religious arguments . To compare him with
        ISIS and feudal Saudi government doesn’t hold truth even though we all
        know his maniac reputation to eliminate opponents . So he was and still
        is Eritrean breed psychopath dictator of our time nothing else .
        I hope you don’t get offended if I compare him with his old friends
        screwed politicians inside Weyane political circle who played their
        part at invitation of foreign intervention on regions conflicts .

        • Suleiman Salim January 5, 2016

          Ahmed,

          Ya Habibi …what do you want the Red Sea state Eritrea to do ? Do you think the Saui anti-terror coaltion would work without the involvement- of some degree or another – of our country ? Neutrality is an impossibiliy for us at this very moment.

          Greetings to Emmanuel Iyassu.

          • AHMED SALEH !!! January 6, 2016

            Suleiman
            If Saudia was serious to fight terrorism they shouldn’t ignore their
            Arab brothers who died and displaced in millions from ISIS attacks
            that shocked the whole world in Syria and Iraq . But they want to show
            their muscle to bomb Yemen with their air raid . Now to see Eritrea pledge alliance with this kind of government looks the work of desperate leader fo financial gain regardless outcomes that bring in near future .
            Sunni-Shia kind arguments is nothing less other issues between
            ARABS and PERSIANS that started at times of IRAN – IRAQ close to
            10 years war . It is stupid move for Issayas to get involved .

  • Che January 2, 2016

    Will the savage Saudi save their slavish servant in Eritrea before they save their own power base in the backward and evil Arab history and land? May the Yemenis get the power to remove and clean their land from the Wahhabins and their slaves.
    May God help the oppressed Shite people in the oil rich eastern Saudi Arabia who have been discriminated, enslaved, massacred and treated like dogs by the savage Wahhabi clerks and the Saudi family for more than a century.
    The only way the Shites in the eastern section of the Arabian Peninsula can regain their respect is to rise up and burn the Wahhabi dogs in the crude oil of the Shite land. The Wahhabis only understand force.
    I thank my proud ancestors for saving my land, villages addi, languages, history and customs from the savage Wahhabi on the eastern bank of the Red Sea. I have more respect to my centuries old history more than ever.

    • Semharr January 3, 2016

      Che,
      Your land, your villages (your addi), your wereda (your district), your awragia ( your provinces), your country Eritrea, your language, your religion, your culture,your highi indab (your constitution, the law of your land), your future, your ancestors heritage is in danger. Your centuries old history is being dismantled by the tyrant mad dog Isyas and his supporters savages Wahhabi.

  • Ahmed Mohammed Jaber January 3, 2016

    SHOULD THE TEACHING OF KORAN BE MODIFIED ???

    Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them. Koran2:191

    Make war on the infidels (non believers of Islam) living in your neighborhood. Koran 9:123

    When opportunity arises, kill the infidels (non believers of Islam) wherever you catch them. Koran 9:5

    Qur’an:9:123 “Fight the unbelievers around you, and let them find harshness in you.

    Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable. Koran3:85

    The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them. Koran 9:30

    Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam Koran 5:33

    Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies. Koran 22:19

    • Musa Ali January 4, 2016

      No. It should not be modified. It should be banned and burnt to ashes.

    • AHMED SALEH !!! January 4, 2016

      Dangerous person not worthy to be trusted regardless fake name used .
      The true teachings of Koran warns us by stating ;
      ” whoever kill a person would be to kill all mankind and whoever save
      one life would be to save all mankind ” . (Quran 5:32)
      And prophet Mohamed said ; ” whoever hurts a Christian or a Jew , he
      will be like hurting me and who hurts me , he hurts God .
      For your information the word INFIDELS doesn’t belong to holy book
      believers but to the ancient SEDOM-GHOMERA kind society religion
      that believes in stone made statue symbols .
      Now , are you here mouth piece recruiter for religious extremists propaganda purposes to divide people ? By the way are you Eritrean ?

    • AHMED SALEH !!! January 7, 2016

      Assenna
      Such kind misleading and dangerous comments that offend certain religions
      shouldn’t take place in public forum . The contents of his rhetoric seem
      clearly the work of individual with sinister agenda to offend our holy
      book with sensitive remarks .

  • Berhe Tenesea January 3, 2016

    Iseyas the uwala of Tembien has no business on the issue of Saudi or Yemen except to sell few hundreds of soldiers for hard currency.
    Almost or all who go there will end up dead, and no one is going to ask about them even their immediate family.
    No one even the dormant ministers are going to ask why Eritrea is getting involved, in other countries domestic affairs or problems.
    Hundreds have died in Congo, South Sudan, and Somalia in the past, and now we are witnessing a repeat disaster on the making.
    When is this sick psychotic going to be stopped for good?

    • Musa Ali January 4, 2016

      He is going to be stopped only after one courageous, true eritrean, history maker finishes him.

    • Semharr January 4, 2016

      Berhe,
      The tyrant Isayas has turned the whole Eritrean people into mice including me and you. So far no one dare to get close to this tyrant cat. The only hope is one day one Eritrean like Wedi Ali will finish this psychotic dirty cat.

  • Semharr January 4, 2016

    Berhe,
    The solution is in our hands. United will win, divided we will lose.
    The solution is not to approve whatever he does. For example he uses them, then trashes them. Example: the G15. So don’t let him use you.
    Stick with your heritage, respect your provinces and get rid of his zobas. Respect your Higi indaba (your constitution) and get rid of his kangaroo laws. Respect your religion and don’t turn against other religions. Respect your nationality and don’t turn against other nationalities. Respect your liberation flag that stands for freedom, liberty and justice and get rid of the tyrant flag that stands for tyranny, dictatorship. Unite our people, our culture, our religion against the tyrant, mad dog and his blind followers. Do not be naive,you must realize that the tyrant Isayas, the ISIS and the Saudi leaders are all the same. They all have one thing in common, they are tyrants. they rule without law and they use extreame cruel tactics against their own people as well as others.

  • Suleiman Salim January 7, 2016

    “It is stupid move for Eritrea to get involved .”

    Ahmed,

    What you do not seem to understand is that not getting involved by itself is tantamount to getting involved. Eritrea can not run away from its geographic position.

    ነቲ ኣብ ሓንጎልካ ዘሎ ሕቶታት ኣሕዋትና ዘይሓሰቡሉ ከይመስለካ፡ሓሲቦምሉ እዮም።

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