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Bahraini boy suffocated by tear gas

shiitenews_6year_old_farhanThe six-year-old victim, Mohammad Abdul-Hussain Farhan

A 6-year-old Bahraini boy has died after being exposed to tear gas fired by Saudi-backed Bahraini security forces in the east of the country.

The victim, named Mohammad Abdul-Hussain Farhan, lost his life on Saturday as a result of the police raid on Sitra, a Press TV correspondent reported.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty’s over-40-year rule.

On March 13, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed police and military forces in the kingdom upon Manama’s request to quell the nationwide protests.

According to local sources, scores of protesters have been killed during the government-sanctioned clampdown with the foreign troops contributing to a rise in the violence.

The rallies continued on Saturday in several cities in defiance a martial law put in place by Manama last month.

The public repeated their demand for the ouster of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and condemned Riyadh’s involvement in suppression of the revolution.

Saudi and Bahrain troops have also destroyed dozens of mosques and religious sites.

The public, however, have asserted they would keep up the protests until the regime collapses.

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