Between October 1st and November 8th, more Tunisians took to the seas than in 2015 and 2016 combined, with Italy and Tunisia detaining 4,709. In total, more than 8,700 Tunisian migrants have been caught by Italy and Tunisia in 2017. There are suspicions this represents only a fraction of those who have left.
The removal of princes and ministers is part of an anti-corruption campaign meant to show Saudi Arabia's intent to reform and modernize, but many sources believe it is more likely a move by the Crown Prince to consolidate power. Among those arrested were billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was the head of the National Guard. In detaining Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, MbS effectively removed all challenges to his ascension. Indeed, such a public arrest of members of the monarchy is especially surprising in a Kingdom which is known for quietly sidelining ministers and officials. A senior Arab official speaking to the BBC said that "it was a message that no one is above the law, or more precisely above his law.”