10:54 GMT06 May 2021
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    Relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada deteriorated after Ottawa criticized Riyadh’s detention of two women’s and human rights activists, and called for their immediate release.

    A verified Saudi Twitter account with over 350,000 followers posted a tweet on Monday morning seemingly threatening to launch a 9/11 style attack against Canada’s CN Tower.

    READ MORE: Bahrain Backs Saudis in Row With Canada Over Arrested Civil Rights Activists

    The tweet, which was deleted around six hours after it was posted, was of an infographic with Ontario’s skyline as its background and a passenger plane flying towards the CN Tower. It was captioned, “Sticking one’s nose where it doesn’t belong. As the Arabic saying goes: He who interferes with what doesn’t concern him finds what doesn’t please him.”

    The tweet might have been taken down by the account’s administrators or deleted by Twitter for violating its terms of use.

    The account has since posted another version of the infographic, without the plane, but the damage has already been done, with many noticing the attempted cover-up. 

    Social media users suggested the tweet was indeed a threat to Canada and called for Twitter to take action.

    The exact nature of the account's relationship with the Saudi government is unclear, but many of the groups other posts are political, with a number of tweets from today inciting violence against the Iranian government. 

    On the political front, Saudi Arabia reacted to Ottawa’s condemnation of its detention of two activists by cutting economic ties with Canada and expelling its ambassador to the Kingdom.

    READ MORE: Saudi Arabia Freezes New Trade, Investment Transactions With Canada — Reports


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