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Bahraini security forces launch overnight crackdown

shiitenews Bahraini securitSaudi-backed Bahraini security forces have launched a fierce overnight crackdown on anti-regime protesters across several regions of the country
Bahraini security forces broke up demonstrations with tear gas and stun grenades in Daih, Ma’ameer, Sitra, Sehla, and several other villages on Friday night.

Earlier in the day, large numbers of police used water cannons to try to disperse thousands of protesters who had staged a demonstration to mourn the death of a teenage protester in the village of Jidd Hafs, east of the capital Manama.

Activists say 19-year-old Hussain al-Baqhalai died of burn wounds sustained in an anti-regime demonstration which was held on Thursday.

Meanwhile, regime forces attacked a group of female protesters in the village of Qadam and raided several homes and detained opposition protesters in the village of Sanabis near Manama.

The Bahraini security forces have also increased their presence in and around Pearl Square, which is now known as Martyrs Square.

Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds more arrested or fired from their jobs since the beginning of Bahrain’s popular uprising in February 2011.

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