JNN 23 Mar 2011 : A Bahraini woman was Martyred after suffering gunshot wounds to the head and disappearing the day security forces launched a crackdown against protesters, the main Shi’ite Muslim opposition group Wefaq said on Tuesday.
Bahia al-Aradi, 51, was driving on a main road in Manama when she was shot in the head last Wednesday as she approached a military checkpoint, according to witnesses who came to her aid from nearby houses. They said they were also shot at by the military vehicles parked on a highway overpass.
The woman’s brother, Habib al-Aradi, 36, said Bahia was on the phone with her younger sister when she was shot. He said the family was told they could pick up al-Aradi’s body from the main civilian hospital, Salmaniya, only this week. However, a death certificate seen by an Associated Press reporter was issued by a military hospital. It listed the cause of death as severe brain injury.
Thousands of mourners defied martial law to march through the Bahraini capital on Tuesday in the city’s biggest protest since the government and Saudi forces brutal crack down on the Protesters.
Mourners at al-Aradi’s funeral demanded revenge and chanted “Death to Al Khalifa” – a reference to the country’s ruling dynasty – as they carried her body to Manama cemetery.
That brings to 20 the total number of deaths since the start of protests more than a month ago.
Aradi’s death brings to Twenty the number of Bahraini civilians confirmed killed since the protests started in the Bahrain.
He was one of those missing since Wednesday whose number he put at around 60.
About 20 people have been martyred and more than 1,000 injured since the start of the anti-government protests in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom in February 14 .
Separately, an organizer of a Kuwaiti medical convoy blocked from entering Bahrain said the team is ready to try again if it gets official clearance. Dr. Adnan Fadeq said the convoy returned to Kuwait on Monday after being told it could not cross from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain.
Fadeq said no reason was given for the denial of permission to the convoy, which included 53 medical personnel and 21 ambulances. Bahraini authorities have not commented.
The dispatch of troops from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf allies of Bahrain has highlighted concerns about possible spillover of the uprising in the country, where month-old protest rallies seek to end the Western-backed government’s monopoly on power.
Saudi and other Arab rulers fear that any concession by Bahrain’s rulers could embolden more protests against their own despotic rules.
Recently, mass protests in Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have also demanded government reforms.
Foreign military interventions in Bahrain have served as a cause of concern for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who has called for a meaningful and broad-based national dialogue.
The UN chief has also urged Bahrain’s regional neighbors and the international community to support a dialogue process and an environment conducive to credible reform in Bahrain.
Bahraini opposition groups, including the main bloc al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, have denounced the Saudi military intervention as an invasion of their country.
The US military, which has its Fifth Fleet based Bahrain, has avoided describing the foreign troop intervention in Bahrain as an invasion, while at the same time US and Western countries are busy in Invading Libya to Loot and Plunder the Oil rich country , to save their already dwindling economies .
Bahraini demonstrators maintain that they will hold their ground until their demands for freedom, constitutional monarchy as well as a proportional voice in the government are met.
Bahrain’s King Admit that the Recent Uprising in Bahrain is a result of the 30 year Old Irani Revolution , which have enlightened the People to stand up for their usurped rights and to claim their Legitimate rights .By saying “An external plot has been fomented for 20 to 30 years until the ground was ripe for subversive designs …,” the state news agency BNA quoted him overnight as telling troops
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