Gunmen attack Saudi security patrol in Eastern Province, injure 1
Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:4PM
On Friday, Interior Ministry spokesman Mansour al-Turki said that unknown gunmen had killed a soldier in Qatif.Meanwhile, revolutionary sources in the Eastern Province have announced that a man was injured after Saudi security forces opened fire on him in Tarout and that he was taken to an unknown location.
Saudi revolutionary youths have repeatedly warned that they would attack security forces, police and oil pipelines in the eastern region if Saudi authorities refuse to release Shia cleric Sheikh Nemr al-Nemr without any conditions.Tensions are running high in Saudi Arabia's oil-rich Eastern Province in the past weeks following the detention of Nemr. Sheikh Nemr was attacked, injured and arrested by Saudi security forces while driving from a farm to his house in the Qatif region of Eastern Province on July 8. His family members said he has been badly tortured in jail after they were allowed to visit him in prison. Sheikh Nemr is on hunger strike since July 19.
Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in the Kingdom's east, mainly in Qatif and Awamiyah, calling for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.However, the demonstrations have turned into protests against the repressive Al Saud regime, especially since November 2011, when Saudi security forces killed five protesters and injured many others in the oil-rich region. According to Human Rights Watch, the Saudi regime ''routinely represses expression critical of the government''. HM/JR