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Saudi Group Threatens Canada, Quickly Has to Backpedal

Kingdom is feuding with Canucks over women's rights
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2018 7:11 AM CDT
The offending image was soon deleted.   (Twitter)

(Newser) – Saudi Arabia shut down the Twitter account of a government-linked youth group after it escalated the kingdom's dispute with Canada by appearing to threaten a 9/11-style attack on Toronto. The Infographic KSA site posted an image of an Air Canada plane flying toward the CN Tower, with the caption "As the Arabic saying goes: 'He who interferes with what doesn't concern him finds what doesn't please him,'" reports the CBC, which notes that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis. The image also had the phrase: "Sticking one's nose where it doesn't belong," an apparent reference to the Canadian government's statements supporting detained Saudi women's rights activists.

Before it was shut down pending a Saudi media ministry investigation, the youth group apologized, claiming that the image of the plane was supposed to represent Canada's expelled ambassador arriving home. Beyond kicking out the ambassador, Saudi Arabia, denouncing Canadian "interference" in its affairs, has canceled the national airline's flights to Toronto, frozen new investment in Canada, and ordered 15,000 Saudi students not to attend Canadian universities, Al Jazeera reports. But Ottawa is standing firm, with officials saying they "will continue to advocate for human rights" and call for the release of detained activists, including Samar Badawi, sister of jailed dissident Raif Badawi, reports the BBC. (Read more Saudi Arabia stories.)

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