The firings significantly expand a government purge that started after a failed coup in 2016.
The ban was the last of its kind in the world and had come to symbolize the kingdom’s harsh subjugation of women.
“Were our efforts the reason the ban was lifted? Or was it a decision that had been made regardless of our struggles?”
If the Kurdish-led party is able to win a large enough slice of the national vote, it will be able to deny Erdogan’s ruling party a parliamentary majority.
With elections for president and parliament less than two weeks away, Erdogan’s opponents believe the president is more vulnerable than he has been in years.
The U.S. military continues to provide intelligence and aerial refueling for the coalition, but the Trump administration is under pressure from Congress to limit additional help.
Aid agencies have warned that the offensive on Hodeida would worsen Yemen’s vast humanitarian crisis.
The crown prince has embraced some hard-line clerics and thrown other influential conservatives in jail.
Friday’s detentions came just weeks before the ban on female drivers is set to be lifted.
It is the latest escalation with the Syrian government.