– Signs of a potential rift within the ruling dynasty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were apparent this week following comments by a Saudi prince that the horrific violence wrought on the people of Yemen should be blamed on the “king and his heir apparent,” a reference to Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, often referred to by the initials MBS.
In videotaped footage posted online, the high-ranking Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz al-Saud – one of the last of the sons of founding monarch, Ibn Saud – can be heard responding to protesters in London with rare critical comments that hint at a broader disunity in the ranks of Saudi royals.
In his comments, which were transcribed by Qatari-owned, U.K.-based news outlet
, the 73-year-old prince said:
What does the Al Saud family have to do with your chants? We have nothing to do with what is happening [in Yemen]. There are certain officials responsible for the state of war in Yemen, … such as the king and his heir apparent … In Yemen and elsewhere, our hope is that the war
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