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Regime forces attack Bahrainis protesting against normalization of ties with Israel

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Bahraini regime forces attack protesters south of the capital Manama on October 1, 2021. (Photo via Twitter)

Bahraini regime forces have attacked demonstrators in the northeastern island of Sitra, who gathered to voice their opposition to Manama’s normalization of relations with Israel.

Regime forces violently suppressed the protests in the city on Friday evening, which were held following nationwide rallies against the Israeli foreign minister’s visit to the country and the official establishment of relations between Tel Aviv and Manama a day earlier, Lebanon-based al-Nour radio station reported.

Bahraini people have been protesting against the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Al Khalifah regime and Tel Aviv since the signing of the so-called Abraham Accords.

However, Yair Lapid’s trip to Manama to inaugurate the Israeli embassy in Bahrain on Thursday sparked a new wave of protests across the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom.

Demonstrators poured into the streets of the capital Manama as they carried banners in condemnation of normalization with Tel Aviv, and set ablaze Israeli flags.

They also waved national Palestinian flags, and voiced solidarity with the Palestinian nation and their legitimate cause.

Similar rallies were held in the villages of Sadad and Sanabis, where protestors chanted slogans against Bahrain’s ruling Al Khalifah regime, raised placards in denunciation of normalization with Israel, and burnt Israeli flags.

The protesters shouted “Down with Israel” and “Get out of Bahrain” to protest the normalization of ties with Israel, local media reported.

Lapid arrived in Bahrain on Thursday to open the Israeli embassy in Manama and sign cooperation deals with the Arab country in defiance of Bahraini people’s vehement opposition.

He met Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

He met later with his Bahraini counterpart Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, and the two sides signed deals on cooperation in medicine, healthcare, sports, and on water and environmental conservation.

His visit to Bahrain is aimed at advancing the US-pushed normalization deals between Israel and a number of Arab countries, including the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and Morocco

Lapid has already opened the Israeli embassy in Abu Dhabi.

The opening of the Israeli embassy in Manama has been met with strong opposition by Palestinian resistance group Hamas.

Mahmoud al-Zahar, a senior leader of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, said Lapid’s visit can be “summed up in one word, which is treason.”

A number of other resistance groups have also lambasted Lapid’s visit to Bahrain.

Former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed agreements with Emirati Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahrain’s foreign minister during an official ceremony hosted by former US president Donald Trump at the White House on September 15 last year.

Palestinians, who seek an independent state in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip with East al-Quds as its capital, view the deals as a betrayal of their cause.

The normalization accords have been denounced by the people of the region as “treacherous” and sparked protests in the countries that signed them.

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