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Analyst: Al-Saud’s Mismanagement Root Cause of Poverty, Terrorism Tendencies in S. Arabia

30 July 2015 17:18



A prominent economic analyst blamed the al-Saud family and their mismanagement of the country’s energy resources for growing poverty among the Saudi people and their growing tendency for joining Takfiri terrorist groups.

“The joblessness in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi officials’ mismanagement of the crisis created by the economic shock of decreased oil prices and their lack of planning for confronting social dangers, have increased poverty and are the reason behind the Saudi youths’ tendency for Takfiri terrorism,” Tallah Akram told FNA on Thursday.

“The Saudi officials have not yet been able to manage the economic shock of the falling oil prices and while Saudi Arabia is strongly dependent on oil revenues, it is now entangled in a bottleneck,” he added.

Akram said that the poor Saudi families cannot afford a living for their children and sometimes have no way but to leave them on their own and they then are attracted by different terrorist groups.

Earlier, sources in Riyadh disclosed that the kingdom’s people have grown increasingly poor since the start of the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen four months ago.

“The Saudi economy ministry has recently issued a statement according to which the poverty rate in Saudi Arabia has increased to 20 percent from the previous 14 percent margin,” an informed source in the Saudi economy ministry told FNA last Wednesday.

The source noted that the Saudi officials have not taken any measure to alleviate poverty in the Arab country, and said, “The UNICEF has announced in its annual report that at least 4,000 Saudi children have abandoned their schools as the rising poverty level has affected their families’ economic power.”

In June, a Saudi political activist disclosed that a large number of Saudi nationals are on the verge of starvation as a result of the Riyadh government’s lack of attention.

Tala Ahmed told FNA that a large number of families in the border regions of Saudi Arabia cannot meet their daily needs, and complained that “the Saudi army has looted the houses of these people”.

In August 2013, a Saudi intellectual warned more than 10 million Saudi civilians lived below poverty line.

“More than 10 million of Saudi nationals earn lesser than their basic needs and routine expenditures,” Tawfik el-Seif said at the time.

He reiterated that according to the statistics released by the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, over three million people were in dire need of government aids because of their poverty.

Seif urged the Saudi regime to help the poor people, noting that the Saudi society enjoyed enough wealth to tackle poverty.

Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for 127 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally of Riyadh.

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement.

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.

The Monarchy’s attacks have so far claimed the lives of at least 5,313 civilians, mostly women and children.

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