Al Khalifah forces raze recently reconstructed Shia mosque to ground

This photo taken on April 29, 2018 shows the site of Imam Hassan al-Askari mosque in Hamad town, southwest of the capital Manama, after it was razed to the ground. (Photo via Bahrain Mirror news website)

The Bahraini regime has razed to the ground a recently reconstructed Shia mosque without any prior warning as part of a heavy-handed crackdown on dissent in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

Bulldozers accompanied by security forces from the Al Khalifah regime on Sunday destroyed Imam Hassan al-Askari mosque in Hamad town, southwest of the capital Manama.

The destruction of the Shia mosque came after it had been painstakingly rebuilt by local residents.

The structure was among dozens of Shia religious gathering places that were initially demolished during the onset of Bahrain’s uprising in 2011.

The widespread destruction was part of the regime’s crackdown against dissent and pro-democracy activists within the country’s Shia community.

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.

Bahrain has also stripped hundreds of their citizenship, and has jailed dozens of high-profile activists and religious clerics over the past seven years.

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