Saudi Arabia, Bahrain: Tensions Rise After Execution of Cleric, 46 others for terrorism offenses

Posted on January 2, 2016 • Filed under: Civil Unrest, Middle East, Terrorism, Tourist Warning

PROTESTS IN SAUDIA ARABIA, BAHRAIN reported several protests have taken place in majority Shia Qatif and in Bahrain, following the execution of Sheikh al-Nimr and 46 others for ‘terrorism offences’. Demonstrators carrying pictures of the Shi’ite cleric were involved in a clash with police in the Bahraini village of Abu-Saiba, where dozens were tear-gassed, according to witnesses.
It is feared that the death of the outspoken cleric will exacerbate tensions in the region, with activists calling for further protests in Bahrain, and several demonstrations breaking out in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. Read Article

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