A Saudi teenage boy, Hassan Yusuf al-Qalaf, has been martyred Saturday after regime forces shot him in the chest in the Qatif region of the oil-rich Eastern Province.
The martyr Hassan Yusuf al-Qalaf, 18, from Tarut village in Sanabis, was participating in a peaceful anti-regime protests when forces attacked him in the chest.
Meanwhile, the Saudi interior ministry claimed that “the protesters shot and killed a policeman and injured another as they were patrolling the area.” However, it did not provide further details about the incident.
Since February 2011, protesters have held demonstrations on an almost regular basis in the Kingdom’s east, mainly in Qatif and Awamiyah.
The demonstrators called for the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and assembly, and an end to widespread discrimination.
In a demonstration on Friday, protesters demanded the release of the activist Muhammad al-Shakhouri and other political activists.
Shakhouri was injured and arrested on July 27 and now is in a military hospital in the city of Dhahran.
The Saudi authorities say Shakhouri has been among the 23 most wanted men in Qatif. He was protesting the detention of prominent cleric Sheikh Nemr al-Nemr when he was detained.
Sheikh Nemr was injured and arrested by Saudi security forces while driving from a farm to his house in Qatif on July 8.