Saudi regime forces abduct female Shia activist in Qatif



Saudi regime forces have arrested a female Shia activist in the kingdom’s oil-rich Eastern Province as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its brutal clampdown against pro-democracy campaigners and political dissidents.

Human rights activist and lawyer Taha al-Hajji, in a post published on her Twitter page, stated that Saudi troopers arrested 19-year-old Nour Said al-Musallam in Qatif region, located more than 420 kilometers (260 miles) east of the capital Riyadh, earlier this week.

A local source, requesting anonymity, said Musallam was arrested following an investigation into her Twitter posts dating back to as early as 2015, in which she expressed her opinion about local and regional developments.

“The young woman was released on parole after being interrogated. She was then summoned to appear in court and arrested afterwards,” the source added.

The source added that the young Shia activist used to voluntarily participate in the protection of local mosque and Shia congregation sites with other women against potential Daesh threats, and played a principal role in the beautification and improvement of streets in Safwa city.

Musallam’s arrest brings to four the number of female Shia activists currently behind bars in Saudi Arabia. The three other imprisoned campaigners are Asra al-Ghamgam from Qatif, Naeema al-Matroud from Saihat and Fatemeh Al Natif from al-Awamiyah.

Saudi Arabia has lately stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution, and conviction of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.


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