Once again Bahraini regime forces stormed Diraz overnight on Wednesday and attack citizens who are defending the resident of prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Issa al-Qassem.
Regime forces fired live bullets and the internationally banned bird shot weapon on people who were staging a sit-in to defend Sheikh Qassem’s resident, al-Manar sources reported.
Following the regime raid, people rushed to defend Sheikh Qassem’s resident, chanting “Allahu Akbara” (God is Greater).
Several citizens were injured in the attack, with some were in critical condition. Regime forces also arrested a number of people.
Later on, the regime forces withdrew the area but deployed more forces and vehicles to the outskirts of the town, according to al-Manar sources.
On June 20, Bahraini authorities stripped 79-year-old Qassem of his citizenship over his support for reform in the kingdom.
Tensions are high in Bahrain after the authorities executed Abbas al-Samea, 27, Sami Mushaima, 42, and Ali al-Singace on January 15, for alleged involvement in a 2014 bombing that killed an Emirati officer assisting Manama in its clampdown on Bahraini demonstrators.
Shortly after the Bahraini regime announced the executions on Sunday, angered protesters took to streets voicing rejection to crackdown against dissents and stressing that their trial was grossly unfair and relied on forced confessions.