Bahraini forces arrest 10 citizens during home raids

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The photo released in the social media shows the photos of eight Bahraini citizens, including Ali Abdullah Qassim, the son-in-law of top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim (down corner right), who were arrested along with two others during Bahraini forces' home raids in the capital city of Manama on March 21, 2018.

Bahraini forces have raided homes in the capital, Manama, arresting 10 citizens, amid ongoing protests against the ruling Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown on political dissidents.

During the home raids on Wednesday, Bahraini forces arrested Ali Abdullah Qassim, the son-in-law of top Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, and nine other citizens, mostly teenagers.

The arrests came as many people across the sheikhdom took to the streets on Wednesday, chanting anti-government slogans and calling for release of political prisoners.

The protesters also vented their anger at a move by the regime to place Sheikh Isa Qassim under house arrest.

In May 2017, a Bahraini court convicted Sheikh Qassim of illegal collection of funds and money laundering, and sentenced him to one year in jail.

It also ordered him to pay $265,266 in fine. The court ruling sparked widespread demonstrations across the country.

The file photo shows Bahraini anti-government protesters hold up images of detained human rights activist Nabeel Rajab during an anti-government protest outside his home in Bani Jamra, Bahrain.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011. They are demanding that the Al Khalifah regime relinquish power and allow a just system representing all Bahrainis to be established.

Manama has gone to great lengths to clamp down on any sign of dissent. On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were deployed to assist Bahrain in its crackdown.

Scores of people have lost their lives and hundreds of others sustained injuries or got arrested as a result of the Al Khalifah regime’s crackdown.

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