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Yemen/Bahrain update 6/24/2016..Bahrainis Protest Opposition Crackdown

Friday, June 24, 2016 19:32
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Bahrainis Protest Opposition Crackdown

Anti-regime protests protests continue in Bahrain

Bahrain Summons 6 Senior Opposition Clerics for Interrogation

Bahraini officials summoned six opposition clerics for interrogations amid international backlash to its decision to strip the country’s prominent religious scholar Sheikh Isa Qassim of his nationality. “Head of Bahrain’s Council of Shiite Scholars Sheikh Fadel al-Zaki along with five other senior Shiite figures, was called to the Budaya police station west of the capital, Manama,” the Arabic-language media outlets quoted activists as saying Thursday. It is not clear why Sheikh al-Zaki has been summoned, but reports say it could be related to the speeches he recently delivered at gatherings in front of the home of Sheikh Qassim.

The summons came after a Bahraini court began hearing a Justice Ministry petition to suspend the activities of the kingdom’s main Shiite opposition bloc the al-Wefaq National Society following a court order last week. On Monday, Bahrain’s Interior Ministry accused the tiny island’s most prominent Shia cleric of seeking the “creation of a sectarian environment” through his connections with foreign powers. The move has raised fears of further unrest in the tiny Persian Gulf country which is already the scene of regular anti-regime demonstrations. The kingdom also dissolved two other opposition groups, namely al-Tawiya and al-Risala Islamic associations.

Al-Wefaq’s Secretary General Sheikh Ali Salman has been in prison since December 2014 on charges of attempting to overthrow the regime and collaborating with foreign powers, which he has denied. Since mid-February 2011, Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has been witnessing almost daily protests demanding that the ruling family relinquish power. The Al Khalifa regime is engaged in a harsh crackdown on dissent and widespread discrimination against the country’s Shia majority. Scores of people have been killed and hundreds of others injured or arrested in the island country.

Saudi Jets Slaughter Tens of Friendly Troops Again

Saudi warplanes hit the positions of friendly forces in Northern Yemen, and killed a large number of militants loyal to fugitive former President Mansour Hadi, in what has come to be known as “routine” shooting and bombing of friendly troops by the Saudi air force.

Tens of pro-Hadi militias were killed in the Saudi fighter jets’ air raid on their positions in al-Jawf province in Northern Yemen, the Arabic-language media quoted eyewitnesses as saying.

In a similar incident on December 30, scores of the militias loyal to Mansour Hadi were killed in the Saudi airstrikes in Ta’iz province in Southern Yemen.

Also on November 17, the Saudi warplanes killed scores of militias loyal to Mansour Hadi.

Also on October 18, the Saudi fighter jets killed 30 pro-Hadi militants in Ta’iz province.

Also on August 10, the Saudi fighter jets killed 20 other friendly militias from pro-Hadi militant groups.

In a similar incident on July 28, Saudi Arabia killed 15 pro-Hadi militants. Saudi fighter jets conducted airstrikes on hills overlooking the al-Anad air base near the city of al-Houta, located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the strategic Southern port city of Aden, leaving 15 militants dead and at least 40 others wounded.


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