Riyadh: At least three women trying to cross into Syria to join the Islamic State terrorist group were arrested in Lebanon, Saudi Interior Ministry said on Friday.
The women were handed to Saudi authorities following their arrest, EFE news quoted an Interior Ministry official as saying.
On July 8, Saudi authorities received a call from the husband of one of the detained women, reporting that his wife had left Saudi Arabia with their three children, aged between two and 10.
The note said the woman was accompanied by two of her sisters.
The detainees, together with the children, intended to enter Syria because they followed “radical ideology”, the official said.
He added that once Saudi authorities learned of the women’s plan, they worked with their police counterparts in Lebanon, who managed to stop them before they could enter Syria.