Bahraini Siege on Sitra Island Continues


The Bahraini siege of Sitra Island, South of Manama, continues as part of the Persian Gulf kingdom’s suppression of anti-regime protests.

Bahraini security forces continued blockade on Sitra Island for the ninth consecutive day, local media said on Wednesday.

In response to regular protests in Sitra, the Al-Khalifa regime is preventing the passage of the islanders across the only bridge of the island.

Over the last days, the regime’s security forces have mounted numerous attacks on people’s homes in Sitra and arrested dozens of them, local sources said.

In the meantime, the Bahraini army is seeking to intimidate protestors by stepping up military patrols and flying choppers over the district.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February 2011, calling for an end to the al-Khalifa dynasty.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar – were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 2011, to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of protesters have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and thousands of others have been injured