Saudi prince offers 100 Bentleys to fighter pilots?

A Saudi billionaire has caused a storm on social media, after reportedly offering 100 luxury cars to 100 Saudi fighter pilots who took part in a bombing campaign in Yemen, according to a report by the BBC.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia announced the end of the first phase of its military campaign of airstrikes in Yemen -- called "Operation Decisive Storm" – which had the aim of preventing Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, taking over the country.

Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.
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Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

Responding to the announcement, Saudi businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal is reported to have tweeted to his 3.1 million followers: "In appreciation of their role in this operation, I'm honoured to offer 100 Bentley cars to the 100 Saudi (fighter) pilots."

The tweet – which was subsequently deleted -- caused a frenzy on Twitter, with more than 28,000 people sharing his post and over 5,000 liking it, the BBC reported. Screenshots of the original tweet exists online; some Saudi media have since reported that the prince's Twitter account was hacked.

While several Saudis said the pilots deserved luxury automobiles - and more - for their military service, others were not so impressed by the reported offer, pointing to the increasing destruction and humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

To read the original BBC story, click here.

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