Interior Ministry bans 'V for Vendetta' masks

Updated 01 June 2013
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Interior Ministry bans 'V for Vendetta' masks

Saudi Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Naif has instructed the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to withdraw the popular Vendetta masks from the market.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry, confirmed the report, saying the instructions have been passed to the ministry.
The masks are from the 2006 film V for Vendetta. It was worn by an enigmatic lone anarchist who uses Guy Fawkes as a role model in his quest to end the rule of a fictional fascist party in the United Kingdom.
Al-Madinah daily said the Commerce Ministry has directed its branch offices across the Kingdom to take away V masks from stores and destroy them.
“We have instructed all companies not to import such masks,” the ministry said.
Kingdom’s neighbor Bahrain has already banned V masks in the country.
The Interior Ministry provided no official explanation for the ban.


Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

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Houthis targetted civilian facility in Najran with an explosives-laden drone, says Arab Coalition

  • Houthis also fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah on Monday

RIYADH: Houthi militants had tried to hit a civilian facility in Saudi Arabia's southern border province of Najran with a drone carrying explosives, the Arab Coalition supporting Yemen's legitimate government said on Tuesday.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the spokesman of the Saudi-led military coalition said the target was a vital facility.
"The Houthi-backed terrorist militia of Iran continues to carry out acts of terrorism that pose a real threat to regional and international security by targeting civilian objects and civilian facilities, as well as civilian citizens and residents of all nationalities," Al-Maliki said.

The statement did not mention casualties and gave no further details.

Earlier on Monday, Al-Maliki said Houthis fired two ballistic missiles toward the holy city of Makkah and Jeddah but both were shot down by Saudi air defense forces.

The Iran-backed Houthis have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia, including the capital Riyadh, since the Arab Coalition intervened in 2015 to restore the government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, which was ousted in a Houthi coup.