King Salman is seen in Riyadh on March 8 in newly released photos by the government amid speculation about his health [Saudi Kingdom Council/Bandar Algaloud/Anadolu]

Saudi Arabia has launched a new crackdown against senior royals and top officials, according to several reports, in what appears to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s latest effort to consolidate control of all major levers of power inside the kingdom.

Among those held in the sweeping crackdown are two of the most prominent royal family members: Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, a younger brother of Saudi King Salman, and Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s nephew and former crown prince.

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There has been no official comment from Saudi authorities on the arrests, but reports emerging on Friday triggered

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