Manama: A Bahraini cleric says authorities have demolished 30 Shi`ite mosques during their five-month-old crackdown on dissent in the Sunni-ruled Gulf kingdom.
Seyyed Abdullah al-Ghoreifi says 30 Shi`ite mosques have been destroyed as part of the government`s campaign against the Shi`ite majority demanding greater freedoms and more rights.
Al-Ghoreifi spoke during a rally Saturday on the outskirts of the capital, Manama.
The demolitions are likely to further inflame sectarian tensions in the island kingdom, the home of the US Navy`s 5th Fleet.
Hundreds of protesters, activists and Shi`ite doctors and lawyers have been detained since February when protests began. Dozens have been convicted of anti-state crimes in a special security tribunal.