Ikea sorry for erasing women from Saudi Arabia catalog

The image on the right shows part of a page from Ikea's 2013 catalog distributed in the United Kingdom; On the left, the same section is taken from its catalog distributed in Saudi Arabia. Ikea

(CBS News) Ikea apologized Monday.

The company sells furniture that requires assembly, but it left an important component out of its catalog distributed in Saudi Arabia: Women.

Images of women were digitally removed out of deference to the sensitivities of the strict Muslim kingdom.

Women aren't allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia - it's not clear whether or not they're allowed to use wrenches.

Ikea now says it regrets removing the women from the catalog.

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