Shi’ite mosques demolished in Bahrain crackdown

The government has no legal justification for attacks on Shi’ite holy places.

Last Updated: Apr 24, 2011, 11:01 AM IST

Manama: Bahrain`s main opposition party says authorities have demolished 16 mosques as part of crackdown on Shi’ite dissent in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom over the past month.

Al Wefaq says 30 Shi’ite places of worship — including 16 mosques — have been destroyed since martial law was declared last month.

A statement on Saturday said the government has no legal justification for attacks on Shi’ite holy places and suggests that the destruction is a punishment for weeks of anti-government protest by Bahrain`s Shi’ite majority against minority Sunni rulers.

The demolition is likely to further inflame sectarian tensions in the island kingdom, the home of the US Navy`s 5th Fleet.

Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Gulf states sent troops to Bahrain to help the ruling dynasty contain the unrest.

Bureau Report