‘Successful’ appendicitis surgery for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

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Mohammad bin Salman, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad bin Salman was heavily criticised following the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent a “successful surgery” for appendicitis, the royal court said, and he left the hospital soon after the operation.

The 35-year-old prince had surgery at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Saudi capital of Riyadh in the morning, according to the royal court.

The official statement described the operation as laparoscopic, meaning that no large incision was made.

Late on Wednesday, Saudi state-run media published footage of the crown prince, surrounded by an entourage clad in traditional chequered headdress, striding out of the fluorescent-lit hospital and into an awaiting black Mercedes.

“He has left the hospital in health and wellness,” the royal court announced, without providing further details.

Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman, has amassed immense powers in the kingdom since being appointed heir to the throne in 2017.

His swift rise to power, brash unpredictability and and ambitious efforts to liberalise the deeply conservative society as well as overhaul the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy has attracted international attention.

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