Saudi commander in Yemen removed in fresh purge

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Saudi Arabia’s top military commander in its years-long war in Yemen and his prince son have been removed from their posts along with other officials as part of an anti-corruption investigation.

The announcement, early on Tuesday, attributed the actions to a referral by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. The 35-year-old son of King Salman has previously carried out mass arrests in a similar anti-corruption drive that also targeted potential rivals to his rule.

A statement on the state-run Saudi Press Agency referred to “suspicious financial dealings monitored at the Ministry of Defence”, without elaborating.

As a result, the statement said the kingdom fired Lt Gen Fahad bin Turki bin Abdulaziz, a prince in Saudi Arabia’s large ruling family in charge of allied forces in Yemen fighting the Iranian-allied Houthi rebels.

Authorities also removed his son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Fahad bin Turki, from his position as the deputy governor of Saudi Arabia’s al-Jouf region in the kingdom’s north-west.

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