Dozens hurt, 800 detained in Bahrain

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Saturday, 09 April 2011

behrainProtesters mourn for those injured in Manama on Feb 17, 2011.

In Bahrain, Saudi-backed forces have injured 32 people after opening fire on anti-regime protesters in two villages near the southern town of Sitra.

Meanwhile, Maryam al-Khawaja from the Bahrain Center of Human Rights told that
 the number of detainees in Bahrain has reached 800, including at least 25 women.

Police attacked demonstrators in the villages of Daih and Aker on Saturday. The army forces also stormed the town of Bani Jamrah, preventing the residents from leaving their homes.

The Bahraini government has vowed to demolish three mosques in the town of Hamad, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Earlier, security forces arrested a prominent human rights activist. Abdul-Hadi al-Khawaja was reportedly beaten unconscious by security forces when they stormed his home early Saturday morning, the state-funded BBC reported.

Anti-government protests have been harshly clamped down in Bahrain since Saudi forces were deployed to the country.

Amnesty International has condemned the Bahraini and Saudi regimes for what it calls heavy-handed tactics to crack down on protesters.

Doctors Without Borders earlier confirmed reports that patients injured in protests taken to Manama hospitals have been targeted and brutalized by security forces.

Bahrainis have been demanding an end to the two-century-long rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty since February 14. In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in Bahrain to reinforce a massive armed crackdown on the popular uprising.

Human Rights Watch has expressed concerns over what it says are growing abuses by the Bahraini regime against its citizens.

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