Sunday, May 15, 2011

Saudi tanks roll into Sitra

Saudi Arabian tanks crossed the border and entered Bahrain in March 2011

Source: Press TV

Saudi armored vehicles have entered the Bahraini city of Sitra, shortly after new videos surfaced of atrocities committed by Saudi-backed Bahraini forces in the Persian Gulf island nation.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabian tanks rolled onto the streets of Sitra, an island south of the capital Manama, in a move meant to intimidate protesters who have been demanding the ouster of the Al Khalifa royal family, Press TV reported.

Earlier in the week, newly released footage showed a major mosque in the city of Diraz had been vandalized by Saudi-backed Bahraini forces.

On Thursday, the troops attacked the Imam Sadeq Mosque -- a major mosque of the Persian Gulf state -- desecrating the Holy Qur'an and damaging electronic devices.

The attack was the latest of dozens of raids carried out by Bahraini government forces targeting mosques, schools, holy sites, and even graves as part of its crackdown on protesters.

Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations on Bahrain's streets since February, demanding that the Al Khalifa dynasty relinquish power.

Bahraini regime forces, backed by Saudi army troops and mercenaries, have killed protesters and abducted hundreds of people, including journalists and opposition figures as well as doctors and nurses.

On May 14, Richard Sollom of Physicians for Human Rights told Press TV that the Bahraini regime is systematically targeting doctors because they possess evidence that the Bahraini government's crackdown on protesters has been extremely heavy-handed.

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