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Clashes In Shia Province Of Saudi, Police Killed

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Police officer killed in security- raids on Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province


Protests against the Yemen war planned in the Eastern Province were cancelled- amid fear of a security- forces crackdown


One police officer and an Asian expatriate were killed on Sunday in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, as government forces clashed with locals, according to an Interior Ministry statement. Activists said at least 30 people were injured and accused authoritiesarrow-10x10.png of launching the assault to quell calls for protests against military intervention in Yemen.


The slain officer was named as Majid bin Turki al-Qahtani and the ministry statement said four "militants" had been detained in the operation to tackle "terrorism" in the Easternarrow-10x10.png Province.


Residentsarrow-10x10.png of the oil rich but poverty stricken province told MEE “hundreds” of armoured securityarrow-10x10.png- vehiclesarrow-10x10.png stormed Awamiyah village at 330pm (1230 GMT) on Sunday.


“From 4pm until 9pm the gunfire didn’t stop,” a local activist and Awamiyah residentarrow-10x10.png, who asked to remain anonymous, told MEE. “Securityarrow-10x10.png forces shot randomly at people’s homes, arrested a lot of people, and closed- all but one of the roads leading in and out of the village.”


“It is like a war here – we are under siege.”


Gunfire seemingly from securityarrow-10x10.png forces could be heard amid shouts of “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) – shouted out of fear by locals - in footage sent to MEE, which also included images of cars and homes on fire across the village of some 25,500 people.


Some armed local residentsarrow-10x10.png fired at security forces, leading to running battles throughout the afternoon. While gunfire had stopped by 9pm (1800 GMT) locals reported that armoured vehicles were still scouring the village seeking more targets for arrest-.


The Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia is homearrow-10x10.png to the country’s Shiite minority – who make up 10 to 15 percent of the kingdom’s 29 million population. Locals say the government discriminate against them in employment- and education- among other areas, which has led to sporadic protests since 2011 that have been brutally put down by security- forces leading to tens of people being killed.


Authorities have repeatedly denied accusations of discrimination and claimed they are fighting an illegal – and armed – uprising against the government.


The latest round of clashes in Awamiyah on Sunday came after calls in the province for protests against Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen, where Riyadh is battling to push back Shiite Houthi rebels who have expanded their powerbase and forced the sitting president into exile.


Local residents told MEE that on Friday the community were planning to hold an anti-war protest but cancelled- after receiving information that the security- forces would break it up.


“The protest was cancelled because we were told to be careful and that if we rallied they [the security forces] would kill everyone,” the local said.


Human rights activists warned that no dissent would be tolerated in Saudi Arabia against the military intervention in Yemen.


“The war in Yemen will be used by Saudi authorities to justify a hardened crackdown at home,” said Yahya Assiri, head of the UK-based Al Qst human rights organisation.


“It is very difficult for people in Saudi Arabia to criticise the war, human rights violations, or defend victims of the crackdown. Those who do risk being arrested and laterarrow-10x10.png exposed to maltreatment in prison.”


Awamiyah residents said the province has been quiet recently and he accused the security forces of attempting to stoke the flames of conflict with locals.


“Nobody in Qatif has protested against the government for a long time,” a local, who asked to remain anonymous, said.


“But the government has come here to try and make a problem – to force people to react.”


A local youth group has called for protests on Monday in response to the security raids.




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What those Shias should do is remain silent for now but wait for the right opportunity.


It is the speed and precision of the Hawk which breaks the preys back, the Shias should just wait and secretly open some dealings with Iran, this would help their situation better than protesting. 

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Saudi Arabia is in trouble in the east, they are in trouble in Yemen and it seems they will also lose mostly in Syria and they've lost Iraq.  With the US-Iranian deal, it furthers the defeat for the Kingdom of Terrorism.  What the KoT is going to be left with is Raqqa, where Saudi laws are already in place and heads are cut (and selfies are taken with the decapitated beings) daily.  I think most of the world can see the forest for the trees, 99% of terrorism is done by Wahabists- whatever their nationality.  I always believed that once Iran and the US do the peace deal, the eastern part of Saudi Arabia would rise up, likely breaking away.  It seems far away perhaps but maybe not too far, times are changing quickly and with the Saudi diciples of ISIS roaming around the world, most are seeing who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.


Terrorism is finally being confronted now in Saudi Arabia, the source of terrorism.


I wish the Shia's of the East the best of luck, the whole world should support their plight for freedom!

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realizm: I don't think the Saudi government allows any Shia to join police force, they are banned by law.


Chris: Saudis are really scared of their own stupid move that they made 12 days ago. Now they are so paranoid that they go and attack Eastern province for no reason in order to maintain security and their power.


I don't think any armed men were there, they probably picked up some random Shias who were in their hit list from before. I don't think any police officer was killed... the so called police officer is probably killed in Yemen border and they instead blame it on this incident.


All they wanted to prevent a protest for Yemen by Shia community, and they scared them and announced they'll be killed by Saudi forces if they come to protest because of ongoing armed confrontations. Because, they know it is going to be very crucial to have huge protests and chaos in Eastern provinces while they are fighting a war for so called legitimacy in another country.

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