x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Police use tear gas to break up Bahrain funeral

A 22-year-old protester has been shot and killed in clashes in the village of Daih as security forces clamp down on Shiite areas in the kingdom.

MANAMA // Police in Bahrain used teargas today to break up the funeral procession of a Shiite protester killed in clashes on an anti-government "Day of Rage", witnesses said, and another person was reported to have died.

The 22-year-old protester was shot and killed on Monday in clashes in the village of Daih as security forces clamped down on Shiite areas in the kingdom.

"They were dispersed with tear gas close to the hospital and then gathered again," the Reuters news agency quoted Ibrahim Mattar, a member of parliament from the Shiite opposition group Wefaq, as saying.

Mr Mattar said a second protester had died on Tuesday but that it was not clear whether he was killed on Tuesday or died of wounds sustained during Monday's protests. Arab satellite television channel Al Jazeera reported he was killed in clashes at the funeral procession.

Bahrain's Ministry of Interior said on Twitter it had offered condolences to the family of the protester killed on Monday and would take legal action if the use of force was found to be unjustified.

Bahrain offered cash payouts in the run-up to the "Day of Rage" protest on February 14, a move appeared aimed at preventing Shiite discontent from boiling over into Egyptian- and Tunisian-style "people power" revolts.