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Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud

In an essay about popular unrest in the Arab world headed: 'The Arab awakening began not in Tunisia this year, but in Lebanon in 2005' (15 April) we referred to an order said to have been given by HRH Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud on 11 March this year.

We said that Prince Nayef, the Saudi minister of the interior, ordered security forces to show no mercy and to use live rounds on unarmed demonstrators.

Prince Nayef has responded that the order is a forgery, was not issued by him and that he would never issue such an order. "

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