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Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:53PM
Bahraini women gather during the funeral of 16-year-old Hussam al-Haddad in Muharreq, east of Manama, on August 18, 2012.

Bahraini women gather during the funeral of 16-year-old Hussam al-Haddad in Muharreq, east of Manama, on August 18, 2012.

Saudi-backed regime forces in Bahrain have attacked people mourning the death of a teenage boy killed in Manama’s violent crackdown on protesters. Sixteen-year-old Hussam al-Haddad was killed on August 17, when regime forces carried out a brutal attack on a peaceful demonstration in the city of Muharraq, northwest of Manama. On Tuesday, the regime forces set several checkpoints on the roads leading to Muharraq and tried to prevent mourners from visiting his grave. They used teargas to disperse protesters and arrested a number of them. Scores of people have been killed by Bahraini regime forces since a popular uprising erupted against the ruling Al Khalifa family in February 2011. The protesters hold King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa responsible for the deaths of demonstrators during the uprising. Anti-regime protests continue in Bahrain despite a heavy-handed crackdown backed by Saudi Arabia. MRS/JR