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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Yemen/ Saudi/ Bahrain update 4/16/2017...100s of 1000s demonstrate against Saudi bombings in Sanaa

Hundreds of thousands demonstrate against Saudi bombings in Sanaa

Yemeni military and the Houthis made a night attack on the position of the Saudi military under the city of Tuval, province of Jizan, Saudi Arabia.

Yemeni military and the Houthis attacked a Saudi military post in the village of al-Gavia province of Jizan. Saudi Arabia

The Houthis shelled the positions of the Saudi military in the district of al-Abadia province of Jizan. Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain cracks down on Formula One protesters

Harassment against People in Bahrain Intensifies, Authorities Ban Memorial Ceremony of Top Cleric

Yemeni reports said the campaign launched by the Bahraini security authorities against the Shiite majority in the country is intensifying as more arbitrary measures are being taken.

Hamad town in Bahrain has become the latest town in the country targeted by the authorities' repressive measures, Bahrain Mirror reported.

According to information, the authorities summoned a number of Shiite clerics four days ago.

Officer Turki Al-Majed informed Sheikh Ali Rahma, Sheikh Ali Al-Jufairi, Sheikh Hussein Marzouq and Sheikh Mohammad Al-Sayyad that holding a memorial ceremony for Shiite religious authority Sayed Mohammad Baqer Al-Sadr is "forbidden by higher orders."

These summoned clerics protested against this decision and inquired about the reason behind taking such a measure. Al-Majed stated that it is banned since Al-Sadr is not a Bahraini figure. They argued that Saddam Hussein is also non-Bahraini but he was commemorated in Bahrain on multiple occasions.

Al-Majed, however, refused to listen and obliged them to sign a pledge in that regard, so that they could be released.

This escalation comes as part of a new official policy adopted by the authorities in the kingdom since June 2016, aimed at targeting Shiite clerics, especially after stripping the citizenship of the senior oppostion cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim.

Since June, government forces have summoned dozens of clerics, and arrested a number of them over charges of "illegal assembly" and "inciting hatred against the ruling system".

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