Mystery Solved? Saudi Arabia Releases Footage of Bin Salman After Rumors of Death

Published June 6th, 2018 - 12:49 GMT
Rumors have been circulating over the fate of Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman as he disappeared for more than one month from public stage. (File Photo/ AFP)
Rumors have been circulating over the fate of Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman as he disappeared for more than one month from public stage. (File Photo/ AFP)

Following speculations over his fate, Saudi authorities took time before releasing an image for Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed Bin Salman with Libyan PM Fayez al-Sarraj in Jeddah on Monday, June 5th, 2018 to dismiss rumors of his death.

London-based Asharq Al-Awsat reported citing the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) that MBS held talks in Jeddah on Monday with Sarraj. Here is an image sourced from the SPA for both of them during the meeting.

Another video was circulating among social media users in the last few days, showing MBS with his son, Salman, while welcomed by former Crown Prince of the Kingdom, Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, according to Jeddah-based Okaz newspaper.

Moreover, Bader Asaker the head of private office for the crown prince shared a video on his Twitter account showing MBS with the Yemeni President, Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi in Jeddah.

Rumors over the fate of MBS has been widely-shared on the internet raising questions that he may have been injured during the royal palace shooting, claimed as a failed coup attempt on April 21. The Saudi government suggested it was security forces, shooting down a toy drone.

First to report death rumor was Iranian media, which is in “cold war” with Saudi Arabia. Then the news attracted people’s attention until the UK-based newspaper, the Observer, which had reported speculations over Bin Salman’s death or injury in the royal palace shooting incident.

Amid all attempts by Saudi authorities to dismiss rumors, social media users are still questioning the validity of the shared footages.

The 32-year-old crown prince has been the de-facto power in Saudi Arabia since his was appointed as crown prince in 2017.

He has been carrying several reforms to “modernize” the conservative Saudi Arabia, including imposing regulations restricting the powers of the religious police, and the removal of the ban on female drivers. While his policies tend to give the impression of reforms, he had been carrying several crackdowns on businessmen and activists in addition to his intervention in Yemen and escalating diplomatic crisis with Qatar.


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