Sunday, November 20, 2011

Clashes break out in Bahrain after teen's death - 20th Nov 2011

Clashes broke out across Bahrain on Saturday between security forces and opposition demonstrators after the funeral for a teenage boy who was struck and killed by a police car earlier in the day, eyewitnesses said.

The unrest occurred just days before a commission set up by King Hamad al-Khalifa is due to present its findings on the government's response to demonstrations held since February in the tiny but strategically critical nation that is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing a police car run over 16-year-old Ali Al-Badah, who was participating in an overnight protest in Juffair, a suburb of the capital Manama. At least one other protester was also injured in the incident.

The Interior Ministry disputed opposition claims that police purposely drove the car into a crowd of protesters, saying the anti-riot police unit was ambushed by demonstrators and lost control after driving on an oil slick spilled by the opposition.

Al-Badah's funeral attracted thousands despite police attempts to seal off the village where it was held. Read More