Two duel citizen have been arrested among 12 total today for supporting woman rights in the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia detained 12 people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women’s rights and those with ties to jailed activists, people with knowledge of the apprehensions said Friday.
It marks the first sweep of arrests to target individuals perceived as critics of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman since the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October.
The arrests come despite a global outcry over Khashoggi’s grisly killing by Saudi agents in an operation directed by former top aides to the crown prince.
The arrested individuals, nearly all of whom were detained on Thursday, are not seen as front-line activists. They are writers and advocates who quietly supported greater social reforms, and most had ties to the group of women’s rights activists currently on trial.