Bahraini regime forces have fired tear gas to disperse protesters in at least two villages across the tiny Persian Gulf country.
Security forces fired toxic tear gas at a group of anti-regime demonstrators, and raided more than two dozen homes on Thursday in the village of Sitra, south of the capital Manama. At least 30 protesters were reportedly arrested. Similar clashes also broke out between Bahraini protesters and regime forces in the northwestern village of Saar near Manama. The fresh wave of unrest erupted a day after a funeral procession was held for Hussein Abdullah Abdulkarim, an anti-regime activist who lost his life in an explosion near his house in Saar. His family said the the Al Khalifa regime had been behind his death. Activists say the 35-year-old activist had been arrested on several occasions for taking part in anti-regime protests. The Bahraini uprising began in mid-February 2011, when the people, inspired by the popular revolutions that toppled the dictators of Tunisia and Egypt, started holding massive demonstrations. The Bahraini government promptly launched a brutal crackdown on the peaceful protests and called in Saudi-led Arab forces from neighboring states. Dozens of people have been killed in the crackdown, and the security forces have arrested hundreds, including doctors and nurses who had treated injured revolutionaries.