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Bahraini dies of tear gas inhalation

14 September 2011 20:29

At least one anti-government protester has been killed in Bahrain after Saudi-backed Bahraini troops fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators demanding an end to the Al Khalifa rule.

The victim, identified as 27-year-old Seyyed Jawad Ahmad Hashem, died on Wednesday after suffering tear gas inhalation two days earlier in the eastern island city of Sitra.

Reports say scores of Bahrainis have gathered outside Ahmad Hashem’s house to protest against the killing.

Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain since mid-February, demanding political reforms and a constitutional monarchy — a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling Al Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.

Scores of people have also been killed and many others have been injured in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protesters in Bahrain.

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