Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests in anti-graft crackdown

An MH-60R helicopter attached to the USS Sampson, approaches an Indonesian patrol vessel

An MH-60R helicopter attached to the USS Sampson, approaches an Indonesian patrol vessel while searching for debris. Reuters U.S. Navy

Many Saudis cheered the purge as an attack on the theft of state funds by the rich, and U.S. President Donald Trump said those arrested had been "milking their country for years".

"You are making mistake if you think Iran is not your friend and the U.S. and Israel are your friends".

During the funeral, Prince of Asir Faisal bin Khalid also offered his condolences to the King, Crown Prince and Prince Mugrin describing the late Prince Mansour bin Muqrin as his brother saying that his loss is a loss to the whole Kingdom.

"The middle-of-the-night simultaneous establishment of a new corruption body and mass arrests over corruption raise concerns that Saudi authorities detained people en masse and without outlining the basis of the detentions", said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at the New York-based HRW. On Tuesday, Hariri traveled to the United Arab Emirates, a close Saudi ally, in an apparent attempt to dispel claims of his detention.

Saudi Arabia said its air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired from warring Yemen over the capital Riyadh on Saturday.

Human Rights Watch described the indiscriminate targeting of a predominantly civilian airport as an "apparent war crime". The government is allied with the coalition.

An official in Aoun's office said Wednesday that Hariri is still considered the prime minister.

Saudi Arabia's stock market continued to fall in early trade on Wednesday because of concern about the economic impact of its anti-corruption purge.

Rouhani asked what alternative the rebels had in the face of the devastating bombing campaign waged against them by the Saudi-led coalition since March 2015.

The war has killed more than 10,000 people and triggered one of the worst man-made humanitarian disasters in recent history.

Europe's top diplomat Federica Mogherini warned the mounting tension was "extremely dangerous", and urged Riyadh and Tehran to seek a "minimum of common ground" on which to build peace. He got his name written into the party charter, giving him a status on par with Mao Zedong.

"I want them to strongly consider the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or NASDAQ, or frankly anybody else located in this country", Trump said.

In his speech, Hariri said he feared for his life, but security officials have said they had no indication there were threats against the prime minister.

Saudi and Iran broke off diplomatic relations in January 2016 after the Saudis executed a Shiite cleric and Iranians responded by attacking the Saudi Embassy in Iran.

Laerke said fuel prices in rebel-held areas had jumped by up to 60 percent and cooking gas prices had doubled. The Oil Ministry, controlled by the Houthis, issued a statement assuring residents it has enough fuel in storage.

"Clearly this is a drain on the reputation of Mohammad bin Salman", said Wahba.

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