Gov’t Assault Kills At Least 6 In Bahrain

The Bahrain capital of Manama was rocked by sporadic clashes, hours after riot police attacked a makeshift encampment of pro-reform protesters in the centre of the city, killing at least six and injuring dozens of others.

An Al Jazeera correspondent said that “clashes were no longer limited to one place…they are now spread out in different parts of the city.” He said that the hospitals are full of injured people after last night’s police raid on the pro-reform demonstrators.

“Some of them are severely injured with gunshots. Patients include doctors and emergency personnel who were overrun by the police while trying to attend to the wounded.”

Another Al Jazeera online producer said that booms could be heard from different parts of the city, suggesting that “tear-gas is being used to disperse the protesters in several neighbourhoods”.

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Latest reports, however, indicated that a tense calm had descended on the capital with troops patroling the streets. There were also reports of dozens of armoured vehicles moving towards the Pearl Roundabout, the protest site that was raided by the riot police.

Heavily-armed police stormed the traffic circle while the protesters camping overnight were asleep.

Nazea Saeed, a journalist with Radio Monte Carlo, said hundreds of people had gathered at the hospital chanting “Down with Al-Khalifa,” in reference to the country’s ruling family.

“People were attacked while they were sleeping. There was no warning,” Saeed said. “And when they ran, the police attacked them from the direction they fled to.”

Maryama Alkawaka of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights said that she saw dozens of injured demonstrators being wheeled into emergency rooms early Thursday morning.

Al Jazeera reported that doctors, who had set up a medical tent near the protest site, were assaulted. One medical consultant was severely beaten and he was released because the police said “they didn’t want him to die here.”

Complete article via Al Jazeera


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