Bahraini teenager succumbs to injuries from regime forces’ fire

A teenage boy shot and critically injured by Bahraini regime forces during a sit-in held in solidarity with prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim nearly two months ago has died of his wounds, medics say.

Mustafa Hamdan succumbed to his injuries at Salmaniya Medical Complex in the capital Manama on Friday. Doctors at the public hospital told Hamdan’s family that the 17-year-old teenager had stopped responding to treatment since previous day, Arabic-language Bahrain Mirror news website reported.

Hamdan was struck in the head on January 26, when Al Khalifah regime’s mercenaries attacked a sit-in near Sheikh Qassim’s residence in the northwestern village of Diraz, firing live bullets at unarmed protesters.

Doctors were unable to do anything about the bullet that had lodged inside Hamdan’s head. He was left clinically dead and could not be brought back to life.

People took to Diraz streets as soon as the news of the teenage protester’s death broke. They held up pictures of Sheikh Qassim and carried banners in commemoration of Hamdan, vowing to continue their unwavering support for the top Shia cleric.

On March 14, a Bahraini court adjourned until May 7 the trial of Sheikh Qassim.


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