Saudi Arabia appears to threaten Canada with 9/11-style attack

Saudi Arabia appears to threaten Canada with 9/11-style attack

Amid a diplomatic spat between Saudi Arabia and Canada, a pro-government Saudi Twitter account shared - and then deleted - a digitally altered image that appeared to show a plane flying toward the skyline of Toronto.

The country's state airline also cancelled all direct flights to Toronto.

Officials said they would cover cancellation fees, issue refunds and find alternative flights for stranded travellers, according to a story on the CBC National website. In 2014, the Canadian unit of United States weapons maker General Dynamics Corp won a contract worth up to $13 billion to build light-armoured vehicles for Saudi Arabia, in what Ottawa said was the largest advanced manufacturing export win in Canadian history.

Many are now wondering if Canada's contract with Saudi Arabia - which is also highly controversial - could be at risk.

Pike said the sudden loss of an entire student population from one country will create a void felt not only at the school, but across the community both socially and culturally.

Saudi Arabia has made several aggresive political moves against Canada over the past few days after the Canadian Foreign Policies Twitter account tweeted concern over the kingdom's human rights abuses.

In response, Canada's foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland said the government will not back down.

On Tuesday, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, speaking at a media briefing in Washington, would not publicly condemn Riyadh's arrest of civil-rights activists in the Mideast kingdom, as the Canadian government did last week.

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Among the arrested is Samar Badawi, an award-winning women's-rights activist who sought to abolish the country's male guardianship laws.

"At Okanagan College, we are nothing if not resilient and we will do whatever it takes to make up that revenue if that comes to pass", college president Jim Hamilton said.

Canada's relationship with Saudi Arabia has been cordial in the past, which has sometimes stoked controversy at home.

Despite the diplomatic blowback, Freeland has stayed firm on her criticism of the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia said Monday it was expelling the Canadian ambassador and recalling its envoy while freezing all new trade, in retaliation for Ottawa's vigorous calls for the release of jailed activists. Some 327 students from Saudi Arabia were enrolled at the university during the previous academic year. Riyadh accused Ottawa on Tuesday of interfering in its internal affairs.

Besides having immediate effects on global relations and students on exchange between the two countries, the Canada-Saudi tension could mean some serious economic problems for Canada.

'We consider the Canadian ambassador to the kingdom persona non grata and order him to leave within the next 24 hours'.

Yes. In 2015, Riyadh recalled its ambassador to Sweden and stopped issuing work visas for Swedes after the European Union member country's foreign minister described a court decision related to Raif Badawi as "medieval" and the kingdom's ruling Al Saud family as presiding over a "dictatorship".

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