Bahrain Accuses Hezbollah of Training Opposition

Bahrain Accuses Hezbollah of Training Opposition
# 26 April 2011 04:51 (UTC +04:00)
Baku – APA. Bahrain’s government has accused the Iranian-backed militant group Hezbollah of training opposition members who are demanding more freedom and equal rights in the small Gulf nation, APA reports quoting “The Voice of America”.

In a confidential report sent to the U.N. secretary-general last week, Bahrain said opposition figures have been training at Hezbollah camps in Iran and Lebanon.

The report details meetings between Hezbollah and leaders of Bahrain’s opposition movements, including Haq and Wefaq.

The government urged the U.N. to constrain Iran and Hezbollah’s activities in the country.

Both Iran and Hezbollah have denied involvement in the months-long protests.

The U.S. State Department has said it believes the Bahrain protests were not orchestrated by Iran and were instead born from home-grown grievances.

The Bahraini government has imposed martial law and invited troops from mainly Sunni-led neighboring states to help quell the uprising by mostly Shi’ite protesters.

Bahrain’s state media announced a military prosecutor demanded death sentences Sunday for seven men accused of killing policemen during protests. The defendants have denied the charges.

Bahraini officials said earlier this month that 24 people have died in the unrest. Amnesty International said last week that the government had arrested more than 500 people during the last month.
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