Sat Jul 2, 2011
Kuwaiti naval forces have decided to withdraw Bahrain after a 4-month long military occupation of the country’s territorial waters with aim of aiding the government to crush anti-regime protesters.
Kuwaiti naval units joined Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in March to contain the nationwide anti-regime movement.
On Saturday, however, Kuwait announced it would withdraw its naval units, AFP reported.
This comes on the same day that Bahrain announced beginning negotiations with the country’s opposition leaders. The group has, however, stressed that it would withdraw from the dialogue if the people’s demands are not met.
Scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on the protests in Bahrain since mid-February.
Earlier in the week, Bahrain announced the partial withdrawal of Saudi forces.
Moreover, rights groups have slammed Manama and Riyadh for what they call gross violations of human rights.