Bahrain tells 16 Lebanese to leave, 5 gone, diplomat says

DUBAI - Bahrain has deported at leastfive Lebanese residents for security reasons, a Lebanesediplomat said on Monday, after a crackdown on protests stokedregional sectarian tensions.

"They have deported five or six people in what they said wasa security decision," the Lebanese diplomat told Reuters bytelephone. "Not all of them were Shi'ites, they were from otherreligious sects including Sunnis and Christians."
He said that in total 16 Lebanese residents of Bahrain weretold they were to be expelled, but the Lebanese embassy was intalks with authorities to try to prevent those still in capitalManama from being deported.
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