«The Observer» wondered: Did he died «Mohammed bin Salman» ?!
Shadi Khalifa - The New Gulf
The British newspaper The Observer has asked why the 42-year-old Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, has been so calm that some in the media in the Middle East can not help wondering if He was dead.
Bin Salman has not appeared to the public since his meeting with the Spanish royal family on April 12. On 21 April, heavy gunfire was heard near the royal palace in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom.
Although the Saudi official news agency claimed it was a security force that had shot down a drone that was very close to the royal palace, some questioned whether the shooting was actually an attempted coup led by part of the Saudi royal family in an attempt to overthrow the king «Salman».
Some of Saudi Arabia's enemies were certain.
Last week, Iran's Kayhan newspaper reported that the crown prince was shot twice during the attack and may have already died, citing "a secret intelligence report sent to senior officials in an Arab country that he did not name."
The newspaper claimed that «there is a lot of evidence that indicate that the absence of the Prince for nearly 30 days due to an accident being hidden from the public».
To lend credence to this speculation, Kayhan noted that Bin Salman did not appear in front of the cameras when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh in late April, while his father, Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, «Adel Al-Jubeir».
To refute rumors, the Saudi royal family on Wednesday issued a picture of bin Salman at a cabinet meeting in Jeddah and confirmed he was alive.
Bin Salman's disappearance, which lasted for a month, differed from the spotlight on his tour of the United States and Europe a few weeks ago, using a number of American business giants to discuss business deals.
Inside, the heir to the Saudi throne faces serious tension within the royal family. According to the Iranian news agency, the sons of the «bin Salman», «Mohammed bin Naif», and «tired bin Abdullah» son of the late king, both against his aggressive invasion of Yemen and the siege of Qatar.
If the coup attempt of April 21 was correct, it would probably be a step to avenge the massive crackdown launched by Bin Salman in November 2017, in which dozens of wealthy royal family members were detained.
Source The Observer