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Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric al-Nimr

Saudi Shia women hold placards bearing portraits of prominent Shia Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a protest in the eastern coastal city of Qatif against his execution by Saudi authorities, on January 2, 2016. AFP

Lamees Karout

Press TV, Beirut

Saudi Arabia has executed 47 people on charges of terrorism and opposition to the regime. Among them were four Shia dissidents including top cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr. Many analysts believe that the executions, at a time when the Saudis are sinking in the quagmire of Yemen's war, are a further proof of the kingdom’s weakness. From Beirut, Press TV’s Lamees Karout reports.

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