Most of these beheadings are carried out as public executions at the notorious 'Chop-Chop Square' in Riyadh for crimes such as blasphemy, drug smuggling, sedition and 'sorcery', although for certain crimes such as adultery, the authorities may order death by stoning.
There were reports of a surge in beheadings in Saudi Arabia in August, with 19 people executed in just the first half of the month.
Does Saudi Arabia actually behead more people than Isis?
We can’t accurately tell how many people Isis (also known as Islamic State) have killed and, more specifically, how many of Isis’ victims were killed by beheading.
The UN announced that over 190,000 people were killed in Syria between March 2011 and April 2014 and that at least 5,500 people were killed in Iraq in the first half of 2014, although these numbers have undoubtedly risen in the past two months as the violence has escalated. It is currently unknown how many of these deaths are directly attributable to Isis.
While, correctly, condemning the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff as 'despicable and barbaric', these statistics do raise the question why Britain and the US appear willing to turn a blind eye when one of their supposed allies uses the same method on a regular basis.