Pictures have emerged of the brutal police crackdown on protesters in Bahrain.
Apparently unarmed demonstrators were shot by security forces. Six people have been killed in the latest violence, three protesters and three police officers. Medical sources say dozens of people were taken to hospital, hit by rubber bullets or shotgun pellets, with many suffering from tear gas inhalation.
The violence came as authorities cleared a protest camp on the Pearl roundabout in the capital Manama. The unrest has led to an influx of troops from other Sunni-ruled states Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. The intervention of Sunni troops to quell the Shi’ite majority protests has sparked fears of a response from Shi’ite Iran.
In a further move authorities have arrested six opposition activists. Yesterday’s violence brought rare criticism from the US and London has advised its nationals to quit the island.