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Shi`ite mosques demolished in Bahrain crackdown

Last Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 11:45

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.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 10:56

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