Saturday, May 28, 2011
The head of Bahrain’s Ja’afari Endowments, Ahmed Hussein, has said that Al Khalifa regime attacked 45 holy sites over the past few days.
In a letter to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Hussein said that the troops had demolished 28 mosques, adding, seven mosques, eight Husseiniyahs (congregation halls for Shia ritual ceremonies) and two tombs were also attacked and damaged in the country, IRNA reported on Wednesday.
He expressed hope that the Bahraini regime would take necessary measures to reconstruct the destroyed mosques and compensate for the damage.
The regime has begun destroying mosques as well as houses of some dissidents since dispatch of Saudi Arabia’s military forces to the country.
Anti-government protests against the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty in Bahrain began in mid-February. Since then, the Manama regime has unleashed a massive brutal crackdown on the protesters.
Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in the Persian Gulf state — a longtime ally of Washington and home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
Bahrain’s peace ranking falls 51 places
Bahrain’s world ranking in the 2011 Global Peace Index has plummeted 51 places to 123 out of 153 countries, a new study says.
The study, carried out by the Institute for Economics and Peace, said on Thursday Bahrain’s score has deteriorated by the second-largest margin after Libya, which declined 83 places to 143rd position.
The fall was due to the growing unrest and Manama’s Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful anti-regime protests since mid-February.
Source: Tehran Times.