Saudi Arabia seeks arrest of 23 Shi'ites for unrest

January 2, 2012 15:22

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia is seeking the arrest of 23 Shi'ite Muslims in the kingdom's Eastern Province who it says were responsible for unrest that has led to shootings and protests in recent weeks, state television said on Monday.

The Sunni kingdom's Interior Ministry accused the wanted men of serving the agenda of a foreign power, the television said, usually a reference to regional Shi'ite rival Iran.

But in an apparent effort to soothe potential sectarian tensions the interior ministry praised as "honorable" the people of the Eastern Province, heart of the kingdom's oil wealth, where most Saudi Shi'ites live, state television said.

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