Bahraini forces demolishing mosques’

Bahraini forces demolishing mosques’
# 24 April 2011 02:31 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Bahrain’s biggest political party says that Saudi-backed forces have destroyed more than a dozen mosques in the Persian Gulf state, APA reports quoting Press TV.

On Saturday, the Shia opposition party Al Wefaq said over 30 holy sites, including 16 mosques, have been razed since the government’s imposition of martial law last month, the Associated Press reported.

In a popular revolution, thousands of anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations since mid-February, calling for a constitutional monarchy.

On March 13, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed police and military forces to Bahrain at Manama’s request to quell the uprising.

The Bahraini regime has reportedly deployed a massive number of security forces inside villages to terrorize protesters.

The security forces recently tore down another holy site in the northern village of Karranah.

Also on Saturday, Saudi-backed Bahraini police raided the houses of protesters and activists, who have been taking part in anti-government rallies, on the eastern island of Sitra, a Press TV correspondent said.

Rights groups say government forces have even raided hospitals and tortured doctors and patients as part of their efforts to suppress the protests and over 30 medical workers have gone missing.

Amnesty International says it is concerned about the fate of missing activists and the fact that detained protesters are being tortured with impunity.