Saudi regime forces have launched a fresh wave of shelling attacks against a besieged town in Saudi Arabia’s Shia-populated Eastern Province, as a fierce crackdown on protesters there enters its second week.
Saudi troops, equipped with heavy weapons, carried out an offensive against Awamiyah, located some 390 kilometers northeast of the capital, Riyadh, late on Wednesday, firing a full array of weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), at different residential areas in the flashpoint town, London-based and Arabic-language Nabaa television news network reported.
Other reports said that Saudi armored vehicles stormed the al-Jamimah and al-Shokrollah neighborhoods of the town and rained down heavy fire on residential buildings, destroying civilian cars.
Earlier on Wednesday, regime forces had used incendiary bombs, filled with highly combustible chemicals, in the al-Mosara neighborhood.
A number of human rights groups and activists have expressed deep concern regarding the use of violent methods to deal with political dissent in the area, warning about high civilian casualties. They also say locals in Awamiyah are suffering from a severe water shortage and are using private generators to produce electricity.
There has been no precise figure of casualties among the civilians.