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Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:6AM
Bahraini riot police chase protesters and fire tear gas at them at Pearl Square in Manama. (File photo)

Bahraini riot police chase protesters and fire tear gas at them at Pearl Square in Manama. (File photo)

Bahraini anti-regime protesters have taken to the streets in the island of Sitra and the Nuwaidrat village in the country’s northwest, despite heavy-handed crackdown by Saudi-backed forces. The recent protests were held days after 16-year-old teenager Husam al-Haddad was beaten to death by Bahraini Interior Ministry personnel in the city of Muharraq, northwest of Manama, on August 17. Several anti-regime protests were held across the country to condemn the killing. Bahraini protesters have been holding demonstrations against the ruling Al Khalifa family since February 2011 and they hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the deaths of demonstrators during the uprising. Scores of people have been killed and many others injured in the Saudi-backed crackdown on the peaceful protests. Bahrain hosts the US Navy Fifth Fleet and is among the Persian Gulf countries, such as Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, that receive military equipment from the United States. On May 11, the US State Department said Washington will resume sales of military equipment to Bahrain. AO/HN/HJL
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