Saudi Arabia: King Salman's elder brother, Prince Bandar, dies at 96

AP , Sunday 28 Jul 2019

Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Saudi King Salman's elder half-brother, prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Photo: Saudi Gazette Official Twitter account)

Saudi King Salman's elder half-brother, the tenth son of the country's founding monarch, has died at the age of 96.

Prince Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was not an actively political royal within the ruling Al Saud family. He was the eldest living son of the late King Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The Saudi Press Agency confirmed the news late Sunday.

Prince Bandar's sons hold important posts: Prince Faisal bin Bandar is governor of Riyadh; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar heads the National Guard; Prince Abdullah bin Bandar is deputy governor of Mecca and Prince Khalid bin Bandar serves as an adviser to King Salman.

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