Saudi Arabia has issued a fatwa (religious ruling) banning the use of security cameras in the kingdom and has accused the US of spreading “propaganda and disinformation” to incite the public against the kingdom.
The Saudi-led coalition is conducting a massive bombing campaign in Yemen that has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced nearly 9 million people, according to UN figures.
On Tuesday, the Saudi government announced that it had issued a decree to ban the sale of security-camera equipment to Saudi Arabia, citing a fatawa issued by the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.
The decree cited several security camera manufacturers as violating the laws of the country, as well as the Islamic penal code, the statement said.
Saudi Arabia’s decree stated that the use and sale of cameras could not be approved unless they were approved by the country’s religious authority, the Grand Sheikh.
The Grand Muhais rulings were issued by a council made up of several muftis and clerics, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.
The ban is the latest move by Saudi Arabia to target the United States and the other allies of the Saudi regime in Yemen, which have been bombing the country in support of the regime.
The United States has supported the Saudi-backed government in Yemen since it seized power from the Yemeni Houthi rebels in 2015.
The US has been bombing Saudi-supported forces in Yemen for more than two years.
The war has displaced millions of Yemenis and forced thousands of civilians to flee their homes.
It has left millions of people displaced from their homes and placed the health and welfare of the population at risk.