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Saudi Arabia: Christians Arrested By Islamist Police While Holding Prayer Meeting

They have not been seen or heard from since, raising concerns among human rights groups as to their whereabouts

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King Abdullah has been widely criticised for his country's intollerance of religious minorities play

King Abdullah has been widely criticised for his country's intollerance of religious minorities

(Daily Mail, Getty Images)

Islamist Police in Saudi Arabia were reported to have stormed a Christian prayer meeting and arrested its entire congregation, including women and children, taking away their bibles.

According to Daily Mail, the arrest was the latest incident recorded of police crackdown on religious minorities in Saudi Arabia.

The 28 Christians were said to be worshipping at the home of an Indian national in the eastern city of Khafji, when the police entered the building and took them into custody. They have not been seen or heard from since, raising concerns among human rights groups as to their whereabouts.

Director of the Washington-based Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom,Nina Shea told FoxNews.com: 'Saudi Arabia is continuing the religious cleansing that has always been its official policy.

'It is the only nation state in the world with the official policy of banning all churches. 

'This is enforced even though there are over two million Christian foreign workers in that country. Those victimized are typically poor, from Asian and African countries with weak governments.'

In Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, it is against the law for Muslims to abandon their faith, a practice known as apostasy.

 Proselytising for other religions or practising them openly is also illegal.

 

 

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