Bahrain calls for Gulf help after violent protests

MANAMA - Forces from neighboring GulfArab countries will help maintain order in Bahrain, Saudi-ownedArabiya TV reported on Monday, and an adviser to Bahrain's royalcourt said their forces were already on the strategic island.

"Forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council have arrived inBahrain to maintain order and security," Nabeel al-Hamer, aformer information minister and adviser to the royal court, saidon his Twitter feed.

The reports come after Bahraini police clashed on Sundaywith mostly Shi'ite protesters in one of the most violentconfrontations since troops killed seven protesters last month.

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