Saudi Arabian prince and officials killed in helicopter crash

Just a day after Yemeni rebels fired a ballistic missile at Saudi Arabia's capital city, a Saudi Arabian prince and several senior government officials were killed after their helicopter crashed today (Sunday) along the country's border with Yemen.
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Saudi Arabian Prince Mansour bin Muqrin, a senior government official, and at least seven other senior officials aboard the aircraft, were killed on Sunday in a helicopter crash along the border with Yemen. According to local media reports, none of the passengers survived.

Yesterday, a missile was fired from Yemen into Saudi Arabia by Yemeni rebels, apparently in protest of the apparent Saudi involvement in the Lebanese prime minister’s sudden resignation. The ballistic missile which targeted the airport in Saudi Arabia’s capital was intercepted and no injuries were reported.

As previously reported by JOL, Saudi Arabia is currently in a major shift after 11 princes, four serving ministers and dozens of former ministers were arrested as part of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s fight against corruption in Saudi Arabia.

King Salaman of Saudi Arabia Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The arrests were made shortly after the formation of a royal committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. A Saudi news agency reported that the committee has the authority to issue arrest warrants as well as ban officials from leaving the country.

The crown prince recently vowed to take the country back to "moderate Islam" and "destroy the remains of extremism." Since his appointment, several bans on women have been lifted.



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