Bahraini government forces have targeted protesters in a village located in northwest of the tiny country, killing one person and injuring several others.

According to LuaLua TV, A large number of military vehicles entered a neighborhood in the Diraz Village earlier on Tuesday.

The protests escalated in Diraz, the native village of Sheikh Isa Qassem, after a court convicted him on Sunday of the illegal collection of funds and money laundering and sentenced him to one year in prison suspended for three years.

Sheikh Qassem, who is the spiritual leader of the country’s Shia majority, has denied the charges.

Bahrain has been the scene of protests since last June, when the authorities stripped the cleric of his citizenship over accusations that he had promoted sectarianism and violence.

Clashes erupted on Tuesday after the protesters, who were wearing shrouds as a sign of their death-defying morale, rallied to stop the security forces from entering the neighborhood.

Bahraini police tear-gassed the protesters.

Bahrain has been witnessing protests since 2011 almost on a daily basis against the ruling Al Khalifa regime. The protesters accuse the regime of systematically abusing the rights of the Shia population.

The Bahraini regime has been suppressing all dissent, leading to dozens of fatalities since the beginning of the protests.