DUBAI - Bahrain has deported at least
five Lebanese residents for security reasons, a Lebanese
diplomat said on Monday, after a crackdown on protests stoked
regional sectarian tensions.
"They have deported five or six people in what they said was
a security decision," the Lebanese diplomat told Reuters by
telephone. "Not all of them were Shi'ites, they were from other
religious sects including Sunnis and Christians."
He said that in total 16 Lebanese residents of Bahrain were
told they were to be expelled, but the Lebanese embassy was in
talks with authorities to try to prevent those still in capital
Manama from being deported.