Saudi Arabia has listed the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah group inside the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Syria-based Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Nusra Front, as terrorist groups.
The Saudi Interior Ministry said here on Friday the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has decided to put several groups, mainly the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah group inside the kingdom, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and Al Nusra Front, on its list of terrorist groups.
The decision also includes all organizations and groups that adopt the ideology of such designated movements and groups, together with all groups listed by the UN Security Council and international bodies as terrorist groups, the ministry said in a statement.
It even warned that anyone who would support or sympathize with such groups and movements, or use their slogans and symbols would be punished.
It also gave Saudi citizens fighting abroad to return to the kingdom within 15 days or face imprisonment, it added.
The 15-day ultimatum handed down by the interior ministry comes after Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced on February 3 tough penalties for "terrorism" offences, including jail terms of up to 20 years for Saudis fighting abroad.