2nd Jan 2013
More than forty residential areas in Bahrain were under the repressing campaign carried out by the regime's military forces as Bahrain on new year. The regime used various types of arms including stun grenades, toxic gas grenades and birshot- internationally banned arm.
The regime forces blocked a number of main streets that linked areas and deployed widely in entrances of tens of residential areas, preventing anyone in or out. The forces prowled neighborhoods backed by four-wheel-drive patrols, armored vehicles and troop carriers which raided the neighborhoods and bystreets of residential areas.
Security personnel of the Ministry of Interior vandalized citizens’ private property and broke windows of houses and cars by firing teargas grenades. Such incidents were witnessed in Buri, Diraz, Nabih Salih, Bilad Qadeem and other areas.
In its series of attacks against women, the regime forces fired stun grenades and toxic gas grenades at a group of women in Sharakan village leaving a number of them in asphyxia. Another attack of the like took place in Sitra where a religious place of women who were holding an occasional event was attacked. The attack caused a number of cases of suffocation and injured one elderly woman. In another incident, the regime forces’ reckless and immoral behavior was reflected once again when they used pepper-spray in the face of two women on a street side in Sanabis as they went pass them.
The regime forces attacked citizens on streets and chased them to houses and fires teargas to prevent them from going out. A number of children in the village of Dair- near Bahrain airport- suffered from asphyxiation due to the excessive and random use of toxic teargas. In a separate incident in Jirdab, a video footage showed the forces’ firing a gas grenade directly at a little child no more than 5 year olds, the child was covered by the thick cloud of gas until a man picked the child and moved him away.
Tens were injured due to the forces’ targeting with birdshot and teargas grenades, two youths sustained serious injuries to the head in Sitra and Hamala as the forces’ tend to target upper parts of bodies in their attacks against citizens.
The forces carried out a wide campaign of unlawful arrests in all of Sitra, Sanad, Daih, Jirdab and Manama, the number of arrestees went into tens, 12 of which were arrested in house raids in Daih without legal warrants