Saudi king leaves for vacation in Morocco

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says King Abdullah has left for a vacation in Morocco, challenging recent claims that the 90-year-old monarch was seriously ill.

The official Saudi Press Agency said on Friday that Abdullah left the Red Sea city of Jiddah for what the service called a “private vacation.” Abdullah and other members of the Saudi royal family have palaces in Morocco and travel there regularly.

The agency gave no details on Abdullah’s health, but carried photos of him being greeted by officials before his departure.

Earlier this week, reports by Iranian media and others claimed Abdullah was critically ill.

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