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Saudi Arabia says Lebanon stops Saudi woman, kids heading to join IS in Syria

Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry says a woman and her three children have been stopped in Lebanon from entering Syria to join the Islamic State group.

The ministry said early Friday that Saudi officials received a warning from the woman's husband about her plans and "competent authorities in the sisterly Republic of Lebanon" found them and returned them to the kingdom.

A number of Saudis have joined the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

The announcement marked a rare moment of cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon after months of icy relations.

In February, Saudi officials halted a $3 billion arms deal with Lebanon over the kingdom's ongoing tensions with Iran. The Shiite power supports the Lebanese militant group Hizbullah, both of which back embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Soruce: National News Agency