In Saudi Arabia, 81 people were executed in a single day

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Executions carried out in the past sparked similar protests three years ago.

Eighty-one men were executed in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, more than last year’s total.

The group includes 7 Yemenis and one Syrian citizen. Sentenced to “many heinous crimes”, Including terrorism, the state news agency SPA reported.

Some have been accused of belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group, al-Qaeda or Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has been heavily criticized for its political and religious expressions and its regulatory laws for enforcing the death penalty. Even if the perpetrators are arrested as minors.

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