Saudi prince promises luxury cars to pilots who killed 1,000 people in Yemen
By Mirwais Adeel - Thu Apr 23 2015, 7:29 am
A Saudi prince has promised to give brand new luxury cars to fighter pilots who took part in Riyadh’s latest airstrikes in Yemen.
The commitment by the billionaire Saudi prince – Alwaleed bin Talal, to give each of the 100 fighter pilots a brand new Bentley was made on social media.
Bin Talal is the owner of Saudi Arabia’s largest companies, Kingdom Holdings, and owns a $300m stake in Twitter and with a fortune estimated at around $23 billion and investments in Apple, Time Warner and Citigroup.
He is the grandson of Saudi Arabia’s founder Ibn Saud and one of the richest men ion the world,
Through a Twitter message on Tuesday, Bin Talal said “I congratulate our wise leaders on the victory of Operation Decisive Storm and the beginning of Operation Restoring Hope.”
“To recognise the one hundred participating Saudi pilots I am pleased to present them with 100 Bentley cars,” he said.
However, he has deleted the message with reports suggesting that his pledge has been met with anger by Twitter users.
“Am I right to think giving this type of gift is [a] sort of disregard to what [the] army does in Yemen,” Essam Alzamil, a Saudi blogger wrote in his Twitter account.
According to World Health Organization at least 944 people have been killed and 3,487 wounded over the past four weeks of violence in Yemen.