Saudi detains two Omani women drivers


Two Omani women were detained for driving in Saudi Arabia, where women are not allowed to take to the wheel, Saudi media reported on Sunday. Police detained the two women drivers traveling with their families on the road connecting the capital Riyadh to the western city of Taef. “A citizen tipped off police patrols that two women were driving cars with Omani licenses, Al-Hayat newspaper reported. “The two women were detained and informed that women did not have the right to drive. They had to sign a commitment not to reoffend,” it added. Saudi Arabia in late June arrested five Saudi women for getting behind the wheel in defiance of a ban on female drivers in the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom. Their actions came in response to a call on the Internet for women in Riyadh to drive, after a show of defiance on June 17 in which 42 women took to the road.