An 11-year-old boy has died from tear gas fired by Bahraini forces as anti-regime protests continue despite a Saudi-backed crackdown.
The violence came after Saudi-backed Bahraini troops attacked anti-government demonstrators, demanding an end to the rule of Al Khalifa dynasty, in
several villages across the Persian Gulf kingdom.Meanwhile, top Bahraini cleric Sheikh Issa Qasem has criticized Manama over its brutal crackdown on the protests, saying that the Bahraini regime suffocates any gathering against the ruling family.
He also said that no solution to the situation in Bahrain is on the horizon.
Despite the crackdown, Bahrainis have been holding anti-regime protests on an almost daily basis.
Bahraini regime forces have attacked protesters in several villages across the kingdom as anti-government protests continue despite a Saudi-backed crackdown.
The regime forces used tear gas to disperse the protesters in Dair village on Thursday night.
The Saudi-backed troops also arrested at least two young peaceful protesters.
The protesters demanded the downfall of Al Khalifa regime and an end to what they call systematic discrimination.
Dozens of people have been killed by regime forces since the Bahraini revolution began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular uprisings that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive popular demonstrations.
Security forces have also arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses accused of treating injured revolutionaries.
The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry issued a report on November 23, 2011, saying that the Manama regime had used â€œexcessive force, including the extraction of forced confessions against detainees.â€