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Bahraini forces open fire on protesters

bhjSaudi-backed Bahraini troops have opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the village of Karzakan, injuring at least one protester.

Witnesses say the wounded protester was taken away by security forces, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Hundreds of anti-regime demonstrators also poured into the streets in the northwestern Bahraini village of Diraz on ‘Qur’an Friday,’ condemning the government’s brutal crackdown on protesters.  Following the protest rally, security forces backed by military tanks and bulldozers rolled into the village. Diraz residents say authorities are planning to destroy village’s mosques. Since the beginning of anti-regime protests in Bahrain, authorities have reportedly demolished nearly 30 mosques across the Persian Gulf state. Some of the mosques were located in Karzakan, Salmabad, Bu Quwah, and A’ali.

Also on Friday, Saudi-backed Bahraini troops entered Sitra and Malikiyah to prevent anti-government protest rallies.

The recent protests in Bahrain come while pro-government media is trying to show that the anti-government demonstrations have ended and that life has returned to normal.

According to state media, the Bahraini king has ordered compensation be paid to soldiers and security staff wounded in protests, including housing and other benefits for their families.

Dozens of protesters have been killed and scores have been injured since the uprising began in Bahrain in mid-February.

Protesters are demanding an end to the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty.Protesters say they will continue their street demonstrations until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met.

Bahraini forces tortures Patients

Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have tortured anti-government protesters in hospitals, indicates an investigation by the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).

The group said in a Friday report that Bahrain’s security forces stole ambulances and posed as medics to round up injured protesters during a crackdown on the unarmed protesters. The group alleged “systematic and targeted attacks against medical personnel, as a result of their efforts to provide unbiased care for wounded protesters.” The organization has documented 32 medical professionals under arrest.

The PHR also noted that torture, beating, verbal abuse, humiliation, and threats of rape and killing were among techniques used against the injured protesters.

Military checkpoints and soldiers at the country’s main hospital have terrified staff and patients, some of whom have been tortured, according to Richard Sollom, author of the PHR report.

Earlier on Thursday, another report revealed that Manama has arrested dozens of Bahraini doctors.

The regime has intensified an intimidation campaign against medical staff over treating the victims of the deadly Saudi-led crackdown on protesters.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in Bahrain to reinforce the brutal armed clampdown against mass protests.

Scores of protesters have been killed and many others gone missing during the harsh crackdown in Bahrain.


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