Manama: A Bahraini rights activist says a
woman has died during clashes between riot police and
anti-government protesters in the Gulf kingdom.
Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Centre for
Human Rights, said today that 47-year-old Zainab Hasan Ahmed
al-Jumaa suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired by riot
police during a demonstration yesterday near her home in
Sitra, the hub of Bahrain`s oil industry.
Her death brings the number of those who have died
since February to 33, when Bahrain`s Shiite majority started
protests for greater freedoms in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
Bahrain`s Interior Ministry denied al-Jumaa`s death
was linked to a police operation and said in a statement
posted on the ministry`s website late yesterday that the woman
died of natural causes.