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Saudi Arabia has executed five Yemenis accused for killing a Saudi national and committing robberies in several towns in the kingdom, the interior ministry stated.
The five men were executed in the southwestern town of Jizan and their bodies were displayed in public, near a university, according to an eyewitness.
In a photo uploaded in Twitter, five men are seen hanging from a rope tied to their waists on a horizontal bar between two cranes. It remains unclear whether they were beheaded or shot.
The number of people executed in Saudi Arabia this year reached 46, according to news agency AFP.
Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry said that Khaled, Adel and Qassem Saraa, Saif Ali al-Sahari and Khaled Showie al-Sahari had formed a gang which committed “several crimes in various regions in the kingdom and robbed stores”.
The gang had killed Ahmed Haroubi, a Saudi, by beating him up and strangling him, the ministry said.
Murder, apostasy, armed robbery, rape as well as drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict version of sharia, or Islamic law.
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