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Nimr's execution attracts wide condemnation

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The execution by Saudi Arabia authority of 47 alleged terrorists and a leading cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has attracted wide condemnation from the international community.

The action also sparked a series of protests around the world as executions reach highest level since 1995.

A Houthi official in Yemen criticised the executions saying it would lead to the end of the Al Saud family’s rule.

Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed 47 people including Nimr, whom the government accused of inciting violence against the police. The move prompted condemnation and anger across the region.

One of Nimr’s supporters, Yemeni Houthi official Mohamed Haidara said his death would generate anger among Muslims.

“There will be a state of boiling anger which will block Arabs. People will move, go out, denounce, protest against this outrageous crime. And this is only the beginning, there will be other forms of escalation”

Hezbollah slams Saudi execution of Shi'ite cleric, blames U.S. support of Riyadh https://t.co/9nKoPJiTJr

— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) January 2, 2016

Hundreds of Shias marched through Nimr’s home district of Qatif in protest at the execution. Riyadh’s main regional rival Iran and its Shia allies have reacted with vigorous condemnation.

Protesters also gathered outside the Saudi embassy in London to condemn the execution.

Saudi execution of Shia cleric sparks outrage in Middle East https://t.co/FsznLziaJQ

— The Guardian (@guardian) January 2, 2016

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