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Bahraini forces destroy Shia mausoleum

bahrain_mourning_dayAmid the growing crackdown in Bahrain, forces backed by Saudi Arabian troops have destroyed the mausoleum of prominent Shia leader Abdul Hamid al-Jamri.

The forces took away the dome of the mausoleum on Thursday. Bahraini forces had earlier pulled down the monument on the Pearl Square in the capital city of Manama.

The Pearl Square was the focal point of anti-government protests over the past weeks since it served as a symbol of resistance against the Bahraini regime.

Meanwhile, anti-government protests continue demonstrations in the sheikhdom despite the heavy crackdown on peaceful demonstrators.

Witnesses said Bahraini troops attacked protesters in Diraz, Sanabis, Nuwaidrat and Belad al-Qadeem on Wednesday.

According to reports, at least 24 people have been killed and about 1,000 others injured during the government-sanctioned violence.

Bahraini forces target patients: HRW

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has announced that Bahraini forces are hunting down patients who have been injured by rubber bullets, tear gas and live ammunition during anti-government protests.

“There is absolutely no justification for arresting someone solely because the person might have been wounded in a protest-related incident,” Middle East Deputy Director at HRW Joe Stork said in a statement on Wednesday.

“It is against every tenet of humanity to deprive patients of critical and sometimes life-saving medical treatment, causing them grave suffering and perhaps irreparable harm,” he noted.

Stork made the remarks after Bahraini security forces took over Salmaniya Medical Complex on March 16 and have ever since used it to identify and arrest the anti-government protesters.

Patients injured by rubber bullets and live ammunition during clashes with government forces are the target of the military.

On Tuesday, the organization also called on the Bahraini government to urgently probe the deaths of people during the crackdown on the anti-regime protests.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay described the seizure of the medical complex as “shocking and an illegal conduct,” adding that she was deeply alarmed by the escalation of violence in the crisis-hit country.

Meanwhile, witnesses said Bahraini troops, backed by Saudi forces, attacked the protesters in Diraz, Sanabis, Nuwaidrat and Belad al-Qadeem on Wednesday.

The security forces in the Persian Gulf state have launched a massive crackdown against the anti-government protesters since the uprising began in the country in mid-February.

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