Bahrain’s crown prince has ordered all military from the streets in an effort to end violent unrest which has killed at least six people. The latest move comes after the Shi’ite opposition rejected calls for dialogue until troops were withdrawn.
Yesterday, an anti-government demonstration ended in panic when security forces opened fire on demonstrators in the capital Manama. More than 60 people are reported to have been injured in the clashes, many suffering gunshot wounds to the head and upper body. President Barack Obama condemned the violence and urged restraint.
A young woman spoke to euronews from a hospital where the wounded were being treated: “We are in Salmaniyah hospital. We’re away from the place where the clashes are happening. But we can hear the clashes, the explosions. A witness just came from there and said the ground was red. The ground is red, painted with blood,” she said.
Friday’s fresh violence came on the same day funerals were held for the four people killed when police broke up a protest camp on Thursday.
Afterwards, about 1000 angry protesters gathered outside the hospital.
Along with the dead, hundreds have been wounded in the violent unrest in the tiny gulf island kingdom.