JNN 30 Mar 2011 : Bahraini security forces backed by troops from Saudi Arabia have put several villages near the capital city of Manama under siege, Gunshots were also heard in the villages near Manama on Tuesday, our correspondent reported.
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the village of Tashan on Tuesday, our correspondent added.
Bahraini army troops have besieged mourning demonstrators in the northeastern village of Ma’ameer as the Persian Gulf state sees more violence against anti-government protests.
The head of Bahrain’s al-Wefaq opposition party says Saudi Arabia’s invasion has put an end to any chance for a “political solution” to end the country’s current conflict.
“A political solution will not come with an attack. Before Saudis come to Bahrain, we tried to solve the problem with our government. But after Saudi forces came to Bahrain, things changed,” Sheikh Ali Salman told Press in an interview on Monday.
The leader of al-Wefaq party further called on Saudi forces to leave Bahrain.
Salman criticized the detention of activists, saying it signaled that the Manama government was not seeking a solution to the crisis.
On Sunday, Bahraini opposition groups, led by al-Wefaq, rejected King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s offer of talks, saying the government should comply with the protesters’ demands.
They said they would not negotiate with the government until all the troops are pulled off the streets, the prisoners are freed and the government guarantees political reforms.
More than 13 people have been killed and about 1,000 others have been injured as Bahraini security forces, backed by over 1,000 Saudi troops and 500 United Arab Emirates police, have violently suppressed protesters.
Several human rights activists and medical staff have also been arrested for criticizing the government’s abuses.