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A court sentenced 13 men to prison terms of up to 14 years for supporting terrorism, training at al Qaeda bases, and recruiting for jihad abroad. Among the nine Saudis, two Jordanians, an Egyptian, and a Syrian, some had financed terrorism in Iraq. Saudi officials decided to stop issuing tourist visas, in order to keep Saudi tourists inside the kingdom. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs said that al Qaeda is using second-generation female members to entice young male and female recruits to the organization, by means of interactions in online forums and websites.
The Interior Ministry said it has designated the Muslim Brotherhood, the Al Nusrah Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham as terrorist organizations. Saudi authorities are becoming concerned that jihadists will return from Syria and continue terrorist activities. Also designated were Shia Houthi rebels in Yemen and a Saudi Hezbollah group. Three men were sentenced to death for their roles in the 2003 al Qaeda suicide bombing of the al-Muhaya compound in Riyadh; two other men received 17-year sentences, but one was released due to ill health.