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Saudi Arabia defends Bahrain’s deadly crackdown

Human rights groups have condemned Bahrain for its deadly crackdown on people in the village of Diraz, but the Saudi regime has come to Manama’s defense, saying the Bahraini kingdom is “an integral part” of Saudi Arabia’s security.

A source in the Saudi Foreign Ministry said the security of Bahrain “is an integral part” of Saudi security, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

“The source affirmed the support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the measures being taken,” including in the northwestern village of Diraz, the official news agency said.

According to the source, the measures are allegedly to “address all terrorist attempts aimed at destabilizing and damaging” security and order.

Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held numerous demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the kingdom in early February 2011. They are demanding that the Aal-e Khalifah dynasty relinquish power and a just system representing all Bahrainis be established.

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