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19-03-2012 - Gulfnews

Bahrain security forces 'clash with youths'

Bahraini security forces clashed with youths yesterday after the funeral of a protester who allegedly died after inhaling tear gas fired by riot police, witnesses said.

The clashes erupted in the Shia village of Al Muqsha, north of the capital Manama, following the funeral of Jaafer Jassem Ridha, 41.

The main Shia opposition group Al Wefaq said Ridha died after inhaling tear gas fired at a recent demonstration that was violently dispersed by riot police.

Al Wefaq also said yesterday that another Bahraini, 27-year-old Sabri Mahfud, had died after inhaling tear gas, without elaborating on the circumstances or date of the incident.

The interior ministry said on Twitter that a group of people "provoked acts of violence and barricaded the streets" after Ridha's burial, adding that necessary "lawful measures" were taken to contain the situation, without saying what these were. Bahrain's riot police use fire tear gas against demonstrations in the kingdom.

Tensions have remained high since a deadly crackdown last year after a month of Manama street protests.


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