Saudi police probing arson attack on woman's car after driving ban lifted

Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on women driving vehicles on June 24, 2018, after decades of restriction.
Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on women driving vehicles on June 24, 2018, after decades of restriction.PHOTO: AFP

RIYADH (XINHUA) - Saudi police have announced an investigation into an arson attack targeting a woman's car in Mecca, Sabq online news reported on Tuesday (July 3).

The car was burned at dawn on Sunday in one of Mecca's villages. A video on social media showed the car burning, with the sound of a woman crying in the background.

The woman claimed that a group of her male neighbours intentionally burned her car as the village was against the recent decision to allow women to drive.

Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on women driving vehicles on June 24 after decades of restriction. On June 4, the country handed the first driving licence to a woman.

Despite the ban being lifted, many women are expected to face some difficulties from conservative members of the male-dominated society.