Bahrain probes abuse after tear gas kills man

August 2, 2011 18:02


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DUBAI - A Bahraini man died this week from tear gas inhaled during security operations in a Shi'ite Muslim village, rights activists said on Tuesday, and the government said some police were under investigation for "exceeding their authority".

Small scale protests and clashes with security forces take place on an almost daily basis in areas where the majority Shi'ite population live after the Sunni-dominated government crushed a pro-democracy movement earlier this year.

Nabeel Rajab, head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, said Isa al-Taweel, 60, died on Sunday after two weeks in hospital from the effects of tear gas fired by security forces in the town of Sitra. He told Reuters that Taweel, who was buried on Monday, had been inside his home at the time.

An Interior Ministry spokesman was not available for comment. Around 30 people were killed during the protests and ensuing crackdown, including four policeman and four detainees who were in police custody.

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