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Saudi forces raid main Manama hospital
Saudi forces have stormed a Manama’s hospital where hundreds of people were receiving treatment for injuries suffered in clashes with government forces a day earlier.
Saudi troops forced their way into Salmaniya hospital on Wednesday and did not allow doctors, nurses and relatives of the victims either to leave or to enter the building.
The report comes as Bahraini police killed at least five protesters and wounded dozens more on Wednesday as they assaulted a peaceful protest camp in the capital’s Pearl Square.
The attack occurred two days after Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar dispatched their armed forces to crisis-hit Bahrain to quash anti-government protests in the tiny Persian Gulf state.
Foreign military intervention in Bahrain has concerned UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has called for a meaningful and broad-based national dialogue.
The UN chief also urged Bahrain’s regional neighbors and the international community to support a dialogue process and an environment conducive for credible reform in Bahrain.
Bahraini opposition groups, including the main bloc al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, denounced the move as an invasion of the kingdom.
The United States, which has its Fifth Fleet based there, has declined to term the troops’ move into Bahrain as invasion.
Several people have lost their lives and hundreds of others have sustained injuries following the Bahraini government’s violent crackdown on demonstrators.
On Tuesday, six people died and more than 1,000 others were wounded in clashes between anti-regime protesters and Bahrain’s security forces.
Thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters are still camping out in Manama’s Pearl Square, which has become the symbol of the popular drive for change.
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.
Top Bahraini clerics warn of massacre
Five top Bahraini Shia clerics have urged the international community to intervene as the violence escalates further following the deployment of foreign troops in the Persian Gulf state.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Sheikh Issa Qassem, Seyyed Abdullah al-Ghoraifi, Sheikh Abdul Hussain al-Setri and Sheikh Mohammad Saleh al-Rabiei warned that a “horrible massacre” is expected at Manama’s Pearl Square, where people are only peacefully demanding their rights, IRIB reported.
The report comes as six people died and more than 1,000 others were injured on Tuesday in clashes between anti-regime protesters and Bahrain’s security forces.
On Wednesday morning, the Bahraini police, who arrived in tanks and armored vehicles, launched an assault on a group of protesters who had camped out the night before in Manama’s Pearl Square.
The forces, who were backed by army helicopters, managed to take over the square only moments later.
A group of armed men had earlier set fire to the protesters’ tents. Electricity and mobile phone services have been reportedly cut off in large parts of Manama as the political situation in Bahrain escalates further…
6 killed, 1,000 injured in Bahrain
At least six Bahrainis have been killed and more than 1,000 others injured by government security forces and Saudi troops, and thousands of Bahrainis have marched to the Saudi Embassy.
At least five villages came under attack by soldiers and helicopters using live ammunition against the protesters.
A medical source told AFP on Tuesday that the victims were shot with buckshot.
On the streets of the capital Manama, people have put up makeshift barricades to block the path of foreign forces. The Bahraini people say they do not want any foreign intervention in their country’s affairs.
Also on Tuesday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched to the Saudi Embassy to protest against the military intervention, a day after military convoys crossed the border from Saudi Arabia into Bahrain to help the government suppress the protesters.
“Down, down with Hamad!” the crowds chanted at the Saudi Embassy, expressing their view that Bahrain’s ruler, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, had gone too far in the crackdown on the opposition.
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Testimony By Dr. Aallaa: Bahraini Security Forces Preventing Doctors From Treating Wounded Protesters
Doctor Aallaa: We started the day this morning hearing about the attacks. The disaster call was called for, and when we went down we realised that the whole hospital was surrounded by tanks. We had three helicopters hovering over us. They stopped our ambulances from going to help the injured in the Pearl Roundabout — or the Pearl Square, as you call it.
And they wouldn’t allow doctors that were supposed to be on-call today, to come in. We did not see any of the injured because they have not been allowed to be brought into the hospital. They are forbidding us from treating the injured people. As simple as that.
After a couple of hours to their attack on the Pearl Square, they actually came within the perimeters of the hospital. They are sitting like about 3 metres away from the Accident and Emergency doorways, and around the carpark. And they are not allowing us to go out. (pictures of Salmaniya hospital attacks)
They’ve got sniper shots, commandos, anti-riot police and it’s like we’re being held hostages at the hospital. We’re not allowed to go out, and the patients are not allowed to be brought in.
News anchor: So movement is being restricted. I also gather that doctors who are treating some of the injured protesters over the recent days have been intimidated including yourself. Tell me about that.
Dr. Aallaa: Yes, yes. On Sunday there were riots in the University of Bahrain, and there was this problem between the pro-democracy protesters and between the thugs, and the pro-government students. So we were called for to go and see the wounded and the injured in the university.
When we reached there, it was a state of chaos. Absolute chaos. And we stayed back after the anti-riot police came in, just in case there were any injuries within the thugs and other students, and all of a sudden, one of the thugs comes and there’s a video on Facebook that show this, and he hit the doctor with us, with a stick on his head.
And when we ran off, he came and then threatened my friend – another doctor – that he was going to stab her with his knife because acording to him, we treat the protesters and that we don’t treat them. I tried explaining to them, that no; we are here to treat you all. They (the protesters) have left and we have stayed back to treat you.
However, he ran after us and he threatened to kill me. Another threatened to rape, and to deface my face. I mean we’ve been getting all sorts of threats. All sorts of threats. We’ve been getting humiliated by them; they’re humiliating us. They are telling us that we’re not even worth their spit and such things.
‘Bahrain violent on peaceful protests’
The Bahraini regime has used foreign security forces to crackdown on its peaceful protesters since the beginning of the uprising, making itself one of the most brutal regimes throughout the region.
These are comments made by political analyst Sarah Marusek during an interview with Press TV. The following is the transcription of the interview:
Press TV: The situation seems to be deteriorating rapidly in Bahrain with reports of several people being killed. Hundreds of thousands at least have turned out protesting in front of the embassy of the Saudi Arabia. I am going to take a look at your perspective for the involvement of troops from Saudi Arabia.
Marusek: I think these recent events are incredibly disturbing. I was struck by the parallel that you mentioned in regards to the first [Persian] Gulf war when Iraq invaded Kuwait and of course America’s very violent response to that invasion and then yet today another invasion and nothing from Washington. Perhaps even Washington was helpful in orchestrating the invasion with the US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates visiting Bahrain on Saturday and foreign troops to enter shortly after.
So this is incredibly disturbing. It seems completely out of the remit of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) which is mostly concerned with economic organizations as well as some level of defense. But defense from outside threats, not [launching] internal attacks against your own people. This is unheard of and certainly illegal by international law and is very troubling.
One should also remember that before the Saudi invasion, the Bahraini regime was using foreign security to oppress people; they were apparently press releases in Pakistan last week about how Bahrain was recruiting about 800 new soldiers, because they were having internal problems. So whether they are coming from Pakistan, Yemen or other neighbor Arab countries, they have been oppressing the Bahraini demonstrations since the very beginning. You must also remark that how protests in Bahrain, the very peaceful demonstrations, had been by far the most specific among other Arab revolutions that we have seen. The people did not carry arms and they were very peaceful.
They were just demanding the rights but not [engaging] in a violent matter and yet consistently the Bahraini regime’s disproportional responses is almost worse than what is happening in Libya. Because in Libya, rebels are fighting and yes they are just as broad as Bahrainis, but are taking arms to defend themselves. However, in Bahrain people were unarmed and peaceful so this is just heinous act imaginable.
Press TV: [There are] Very gruesome pictures coming out of Bahrain today that we had to actually block out some parts of it. It was extremely graphic and the violence has completely gone out of control. I want to look at the possibility of the United States’ role in this. As you mentioned, on Saturday the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was in Bahrain and we had on Monday Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman in Bahrain and then of course today a martial law is declared, the violence has increased. I want to know if there is a connection, because we know the relationship between Washington and Manama. If Manama was doing something that Washington did not like or want them to do then do you think they would be able to order them to stop? How do you see this relationship right now with what is going on in the relationship between Manama and Washington?
Marusek: Yes, the relationship has been quite strong in the past. In fact Washington was priding itself on the fact that when the protests initially turned violent when Security system in Bahrain fired on protesters [during their] sleep, Obama apparently pressured the king to withdraw forces and the military did withdraw for some time in capital city of Manama. So this was very much seen as Washington’s power over the Bahraini regime. And now that those ties have turned in that, violence has become much more aggressive and foreign troops are involved. Indeed, this is an occupation of Bahrain and of course this has to be done with complicity of Washington if it is not again orchestrating. So this has to be as they call it ‘in their own interest’ but I cannot see that perspective at all now. The peaceful protesters were not even necessarily demanding a complete radical change to the government but demanding the regime to become more democratic or potentially even become a republic. But with the invasion of Saudi troops, people are definitely going to be completely against the King, the Khalifa family, as well as the Americans, Saudi Arabians and I think this would actually radicalize the populations. But right now, they do not have any other choice. They are really on their own and this shows that the international community does not care about the struggle and may even sanction violence against them. It is absolutely despicable.
RB note: Watch Al Manar TV, Al Alam TV or Press TV for updates on Bahrain because the rest of the TV stations are hiding or lying about the situation.