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One martyred as Saudi forces intensify attacks on Shia town

Saudi regime forces have launched a fresh wave of attacks against a besieged town in Saudi Arabia’s Shia-populated Eastern Province, martyred at least one person and injuring nearly 40 others over the past 48 hours.

The casualties came after Saudi troops, equipped with heavy weapons, waged a new offensive against Awamiyah, located some 390 kilometers northeast of the capital, Riyadh, London-based and Arabic-language Nabaa television news network reported.

There are reportedly several women and children among those injured in the raids.

Meanwhile, Abdulmohsin Abdullah al-Faraj, a prominent Shia activist, who was critically injured during an attack by Saudi troops, succumbed to his wounds on Thursday.

Death toll is expected to rise as some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

The developments come as a fierce crackdown on protesters there enters its sixth week.

At least a dozen people have lost their lives in the ongoing heavy-tactic crackdown by the Riyadh regime since then.

Residents have been forced to stay indoors as the regime has deployed snipers across the entire region.

Garbage has piled up as Saudi forces continue to prevent relevant authorities from collecting trash across several areas.

Security forces equipped with heavy weapons have been deployed in Eastern Province’s Awamiyah since May 10, following fierce clashes between the regime forces and locals protesting against the destruction.