Bahraini senior killed with teargas

Bahraini senior killed with teargas

One person has been killed after Bahraini security forces fired teargas to break up an anti-government protest rally near the capital, Manama.

Bahrain’s leading Shia opposition group al-Wefaq said on Friday that Isa Abdullah, 71, died from asphyxiation inside his home in Maameer village after teargas fumes leaked into his house.

“His village Maameer was attacked heavily by teargas. His family called the emergency room but there was no response from Salmaniya hospital,” Reuters quoted al-Wefaq leader Mattar Ibrahim Mattar as saying.

His death brought the number of those killed since the start of the protests to at least 24.

Despite heavy security presence and a ban on demonstrations, thousands of anti-government protesters poured into the streets across Bahrain following the Friday Prayers, demanding an end to almost 200 years of the Sunni-led monarchy.

Bahraini security dispersed the crowds using teargas, buckshots and stun grenades. Many protesters are reported to be injured.

A prominent Shia cleric said their campaign for political reforms would not be silenced by “brutal force” and that they would continue their protest rallies until their demands are met.

“The brutal force and abusive language being deployed against us will never destroy our will and desire to achieve our rights and dignity,” Sheik Isa Qassim said in a sermon in Duraz — an opposition stronghold northwest of Manama.

Meanwhile, Bahrain authorities dismissed suggestions for an international investigation into the deaths of protesters or the police attack on wounded protesters at the country’s main hospital, AP reported.

Bahrain’s acting health minister, Fatima al-Balooshi, said in Geneva that Bahrain is conducting its own investigation into the violence and denied reports that some protesters who were injured in the government crackdown were questioned and beaten by police while recovering in Salmaniya Hospital.

 

Massive explosion rocks al-Quds

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A massive explosion has rocked central al-Quds (Jerusalem), leaving at least 25 people injured, Israeli media reports say.

The explosion occurred near a bus station outside the International Convention Center, which is a Jewish area.

No one was killed in the blast but some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition.

The cause of the blast is not clear yet. Israeli forces have closed the entrance to the city.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has postponed his visit to Russia following the blast.

Two soldiers killed in Yemen clashes

Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a rally to demand the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside Sana'a University, March 22, 2011.

Two soldiers have been killed in clashes between Yemen’s regular army and guards loyal to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, medics said.

The two forces clashed near a presidential palace in the southeastern city of Mukallah.

“The bodies of two soldiers, one of a soldier with the army and another of a member of the Republican Guard, were brought in” to a hospital in Mukallah, the medics said.

The clashes come as several military commanders have now joined the opposition.

More than 50 people have been killed and scores of others wounded during armed attacks by Saleh loyalists since the beginning of the popular revolution in January.

The embattled president on Tuesday expressed willingness to step down by the year’s end to prepare a peaceful transfer of power.

However, critics have cast doubt on his plan, saying he is not willing to hand over power but is doing so due to rising popular opposition.

Israeli attack kills 5 Palestinians

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At least five Palestinians, including four children, have been killed and 20 wounded after an Israeli tank fired shots at a home in the Gaza Strip, medics reported.

Israel regularly carries out attacks on Gaza, killing and injuring Palestinians. Tel Aviv launched a deadly war on the strip at the turn of 2009.

More than 1,400 Palestinians were killed during the three-week Israeli land, sea and air offensive in the impoverished coastal enclave. The offensive also inflicted $1.6 billion damage to the Gazan economy.

Some 1.5 million people in the Gaza Strip are being denied their basic rights, including freedom of movement, and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

Poverty and unemployment rates stand at approximately 80 percent and 60 percent in the Gaza Strip respectively, reports say.

Bahraini ministers quit amid crackdown

Bahraini riot police and Saudi forces backed by tanks and helicopters attacked demonstrators in Manama's Pearl Square

Two Bahraini ministers have resigned to protest against the government’s use of excessive force against Shia protesters in the kingdom.

Bahrain’s ministers of health and housing, both Shias, quit their posts on Wednesday after Bahraini and Saudi forces launched a brutal attack on anti-government protesters in the capital’s Pearl Square, killing at least six people and injuring more than 1,000 others.

Saudi forces that rolled into Bahrain on Monday to assist Manama in its crackdown on nationwide protests also attacked the capital’s main hospital, where the injured were being treated, and took all people inside the building, including doctors and nurses, hostage.

Some reports say Saudi forces also shot people inside the hospital and threatened doctors with live ammunition.

“They are all around Salmaniya medical complex with their guns and they are shooting anybody,” a doctor at the Salmaniya hospital told BBC.

According to human rights activists, medics seeking to treat wounded protesters were beaten by police, leaving the injured people untreated. Bahraini police have also blocked access to hospitals.

The brutal crackdown came a day after Bahrain’s despotic King Hamad declared a three-month state of emergency in the country.

Nezar bin Sadeq al-Baharna, who was recently appointed health minister, said he no longer can witness people being mistreated in the Salmaniya hospital.

The United Arab Emirate, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman have also sent troops to Bahrain. Many countries have condemned the intervention of Saudi-led forces in Bahrain’s internal affairs.

There are also reports that Shia judges have resigned en masse, citing the “bloody events, use of excessive force and weapons.”

Bahraini demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy in the Persian Gulf sheikhdom and a say in the government are met.

Israeli planes violate Lebanon airspace

Israeli planes violate Lebanon airspace

Four Israeli fighter jets have penetrated Lebanon’s airspace and flown over parts of the country in violation of a UN Security Council resolution.

The Israeli aircraft crossed into Lebanese airspace over the southern border town of Alma al-Shaab at 9:45 a.m. local time (0645 GMT) on Monday and conducted several unwarranted flights above southern Lebanon, a Press TV correspondent cited a statement released by the Lebanese military.

The Israeli warplanes left Lebanese airspace at 11:20 a.m. (0820 GMT) while flying over the country’s southern region.

Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.

Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly condemned the overflights, saying they are in clear violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.

The UN resolution, which brokered a ceasefire in the war Israel launched against Lebanon in 2006, calls on Tel Aviv to respect Beirut’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In 2009, Beirut filed a complaint with the United Nations presenting over 7,000 documents pertaining to Israeli violation of Lebanese territory.

Bahraini police use tear gas on rally

Bahraini ani-government protesters hold rally in Manama.

Bahraini security forces have fired tear gas at anti-government protesters in the capital Manama as demonstrators vow to continue their protest, witnesses say.

Riot police opened fire on hundreds of demonstrators that tried to reach Bahrain’s Financial Harbor, a key business district, Press TV correspondent reported.

Bahrainis have been staging protests since mid-February, demanding the resignation of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and constitutional reforms to the Sunni-led government.

Inspired by revolutions that toppled the despotic regimes in Egypt and Tunisia, Bahraini protesters also demand free and fair elections as well as the release of political prisoners.

Trying to prevent the protesters from staging rallies near the major business district, Bahraini security forces blocked a key roadway on Sunday.

Police also clashed with protesters and took measures to push them back towards Pearl Square roundabout.

“Riot police once again are using excessive force against protesters,” said the Press TV correspondent. “The protesters closed down one of the highways in response to the attack on peaceful demonstrations on Friday.”

Hundreds of people also rushed to the area to join the protesters.

Helicopters flew over the scene of clashes as ambulances rushed to the district to treat and carry away the wounded.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people in Bahrain, home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet in the Persian Gulf, surrounded the Safriyah Palace to demand an end to the monarchy.

Nurses and doctors remain on stand-by to deal with more casualties as a result of the violence. This is the latest in a wave of anti-government protests against the rule of King Hamad.

The Saturday protest comes a day after police — with the help of pro-government vigilantes — used teargas against mostly Shia, anti-government protesters. Over 700 people were injured as they marched towards the Royal Court in the capital Manama.

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