From the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights:
Excessive Use of Force Leads to the Death of a Bahraini Citizen
Posted on April 18, 2014
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) express their grave concern regarding the news of the death of Mr. Abdulaziz Al Abbar (27 years old).
Mr. Al Abbar, injured in protests held in the Saar area – February 23, 2014 -, remained in critical condition for a 55 days.
The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) demands urgent and immediate investigation into the death of Mr. Abdulaziz Al Abbar.
See also here.
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An oil well fire that started in Bahrain on Saturday could take days to extinguish as the country waits for specialist fire-fighting equipment to arrive, a spokesman at Bahrain’s state oil company Bapco said on Tuesday: here.
UK military starts $16m expansion of Bahrain complex: here.