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Bahraini boy killed in protest

August 31, 2011 Al Jazeera


Opposition group blames police after 14-year-old boy dies on being hit by
tear gas canister in oil hub.

A 14-year-old Bahraini boy has died after being hit by a tear gas canister
during clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces, the
Gulf kingdom's main Shia opposition group al-Wefaq has said.

Activists blamed the police for the death of Ali Jawad Ahmad, who was
among the protesters in the oil hub area of Sitra on Wednesday.

A police official told the state news agency BNA that the incident was
being investigated, without saying how the boy was injured.

Bahrain has been in turmoil for the past few months since protests by the
dominant Shia community broke out, demanding great freedom and political
rights.

More than 30 people have been killed since the protests began in February
inspired by other uprisings across the Arab world.
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More than 70 per cent of Bahrain's population is Shia but claim widespread
discrimination by the ruling al-Khalifa Sunni dynasty.

Small scale clashes between police and mostly Shia demonstrators have
become a near nightly event in the tense Gulf nation since authorities
lifted emergency rule in June.

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa has offered compensation to victims of the
crackdowns in February, but says protest-related trials will continue.

In July Bahrain's leaders opened reconciliation talks, but the country's
main Shia party walked out and threatened to stage further protests.

An independent fact-finding panel is investigating alleged rights abuses
in Bahrain and is expected to release its findings at the end of October.



Bahrain activists blame police in boy's death

August 31, 2011 Associated Press

MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahraini security forces clashed with anti-government
protesters after Wednesday morning prayers, and a 14-year-old boy died
after being hit by a police tear gas canister, human rights activists
said.

The activists blamed police for the death of Ali Jawad Ahmad, who was in
the crowd of protesters in the oil hub of Sitra.

The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights cited witnesses as saying the
boy died after being hit by a tear gas canister fired at close range by
police during the demonstration.

Bahraini officials confirmed a 14-year-old was killed but gave no other
details on the possible cause of death.

A statement by the Interior Ministry said there was no reported police
action in Sitra at the time the boy's death was reported. The statement
added that an investigation was ordered and posted a 10,000 dinar
($26,600) reward for information leading to a definitive finding.

Isa Hassan, an uncle of the dead teen, claimed police overreacted when
confronted by a small group of protesters after morning prayers marking
the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

Hassan said the tear gas was fired from about 20 feet (seven meters) away
directly at the protesters.

"They are supposed to lob the canisters of gas, not shoot them at people,"
he said at the funeral for the boy. "Police used it as a weapon."

In a report late Wednesday, Bahrain's official news agency said the
autopsy showed a "neck injury was the cause of (the boy's) death, as there
were fractures in that area causing bleeding around the spinal cord." The
report by the Bahrain News Agency also said that the young protester had
bruises on his chin, face, right hand, pelvic area and knees.

Bahrain has been gripped by clashes between police and Shiite-led
protesters demanding greater rights and political freedoms in the tiny
Gulf nation that is the home of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

More than 30 people have been killed since protests began in February
inspired by other uprisings across the Arab world.

Shiites are the majority in Bahrain but claim widespread discrimination by
the ruling Sunni dynasty. Sunni rulers in the Gulf fear any concessions by
Bahrain's Al Khalifa family to protesters would strengthen the region's
Shiite powerhouse Iran.

Small-scale clashes between police and mostly Shiite demonstrators have
become a near nightly event in the tense Gulf nation since authorities
lifted emergency rule in June.

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