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UK urges calm after mass executions by Saudi Arabia


Killed: Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

Killed: Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr


Killed: Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr

The UK Government has expressed its "disappointment" at mass executions by Saudi Arabia and appealed for restraint in the Middle East as tensions rose.

There has been an international outcry over the execution of 47 prisoners including Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a leading critic of the Riyadh authorities.

Saudi Arabia announced his execution on Saturday, sparking a wave of protests and the storming of the country's embassy in Iran.

Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood said he expected the kingdom's government not to carry out the death sentence imposed on the cleric's nephew Ali al-Nimr, who was just 17 when he was told he faced crucifixion over his role in the Arab Spring protests in 2012.

Belfast Telegraph