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Thu 7 Jan 2016 01:57 PM

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Saudi customs seize 1,000s of banned religious items

Two-year figures show 101,296 books and religious tapes were seized at Saudi borders

Saudi customs seize 1,000s of banned religious items
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Saudi customs officials have managed stop over 1,000 attempts to smuggle religious materials into the country over the past two years.

Arab News reported that customs officials seized a total of 101,296 books and religious tapes that are banned from entry for containing violating content.

In new figures released this week, Saudi officials also said that customs officers have also seized animals and birds, including rare snakes, coming from African countries for the purpose of selling to animal shops in the Kingdom.

In total, there were 1,235 cases involving 110,700 rare animals and birds that were seized, according to the report.

Anyone caught bringing prohibited materials is not detained by authorities unless they contain content that is illegal in Saudi Arabia, the report added.

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