Reuters' Stephen Kalin is watching in Riyadh.>> There seems to be a lot of popular support for these moves within the kingdom. People are generally happy that the crown prince, that the authority are going after princes and figures seen as corrupt. So what we're seeing is a pretty strong handed approach to rule.
Crown Prince Mohammed has accumulated a lot of power over the past two and a half years. He has control of nearly all the levers of power in the kingdom.>> Private jets are barred from take off at some airports, meaning more arrests may be on the way. And at least some detainees are being held at this Ritz-Carlton hotel.
Already in custody, one of the richest men in the world, Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. Likened as the Middle East’s Warren Buffet, his investments run through a huge list of top companies including Time Warner, Fox, Apple, Disney, and many more. The accusations against Al-Waleed and the others couldn't be independently verified.
Much of Saudi Arabia's justice system isn't actually written into law, ruled on a case-by-case basis instead through its absolute monarchy. Now drawing questions over the country's stability, and whether Prince Mohammed is using it to consolidate his own power. He's taken complete control over the military in the process, by arresting the national guard's head, another prince.
>> The purge comes after a crackdown a few weeks ago against critics of the regime, intellectuals, clerics. And it also comes a few months after a palace coup in which Crown Prince Mohammed took over for his older cousin, Prince Muhammad bin Nayef.>> News of the arrests come as Saudi's fight in Yemen undergoes a major escalation.
Temporarily blocking all ports to the countries, after Houthi rebels unsuccessfully launched a ballistic missile against Riyadh's main airport.>>