Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has called on Saudi Arabia to stop arresting his critics and releasing them after the kingdom cracked down on activists.
The crackdown was triggered by an online campaign that included an alleged video in which a man said the kingdom was planning to kill him.
It has been condemned by human rights groups and Western governments.
The Saudi Interior Ministry said Wednesday it had arrested 10 people for alleged involvement in the online campaign, including two Saudis, two Turks, two Lebanese and a Kuwaiti.
Erdogan said Saudi Arabia was “making false claims” and that it was “sending the wrong signal” by arresting people and releasing some, while the kingdom’s human rights council condemned the arrests.
Saudi Arabia has long been accused of cracking down on dissidents in the kingdom.
It was one of the first countries to extradite former Saudi journalist Mohammed al-Rashed, who has been in jail in Saudi Arabia since 2012, and is also facing charges in Qatar.
He was later released and has been fighting extradition since his release.