Bahrain

Bahrain identified as EIMOS mortar user

The Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) is the previously unidentified country that acquired the EXPAL EIMOS 81 mm integrated mortar system, a photograph released by the Egyptian military on 19 December has confirmed. An EIMOS system mounted on a URO VAMTAC ST5 vehicle could be seen in the background of the photograph showing Egyptian soldiers inspecting Bahraini equipment. The Egyptian military ...

Bahraini protesters voice solidarity Sheikh Qassim

Hundreds of Bahrainis have held a fresh protest in support of senior Shia cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim and to condemn the Manama regime’s heavy-handed crackdown on dissent. Bahraini regime forces fired tear gas at the protesters who took to the streets of the northwestern village of Diraz, located about 12 kilometers west of the capital Manama, on Friday. They were carrying ...

US will restart aid to the military help in Bahrain

The United States said that they will restart aid to the military help in Bahrain. When Persian Gulf countries established mass Shiah-led protests, the security help was withheld after 2011. However, spokesman for the US State department, John Kirby said that Bahrain had advanced about human rights including the release of the political offense. Bahrain has flown airstrike missions over ...

Bahrain opposition leader given four-year jail sentence

Protesters have demanded the release of jailed opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman [EPA] A Bahraini court has sentenced the country’s leading opposition leader to four years in prison after finding him guilty of inciting disobedience and hatred in the Sunni-ruled kingdom. The court acquitted Sheikh Ali Salman, a Shia cleric and the general secretary of al-Wefaq Islamic Society, of the ...

Amnesty warns human rights abuses ‘unabated’ before Bahrain Grand Prix

A major report from Amnesty International released to coincide with this weekend’s Formula One grand prix has warned that human rights abuses in Bahrain continue “unabated” despite repeated assurances from the authorities that the situation is improving. The Bahrain Grand Prix has become a prism through which human rights groups have sought to focus attention on the situation in the ...

Sandstorm hits Bahrain

A sandstorm has hit the Sakhir circuit ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. As the sport left Shanghai and headed for the Persian Gulf’s island Kingdom, the local meteorological bureau warned of high winds and the risk of a thick sand haze. On Monday visibility was poor at the Sakhir circuit and the track, paddock and surrounding roads were ...

Bahrain’s Gulf Air set to resume flights to Iranian city

Gulf Air, the national carrier of Bahrain, has announced that it will be restarting flights to Shiraz in Iran. The route to the capital of Fars Province will become the airline’s 40th destination, the airline said, adding that the city will be served with three weekly flights, starting from December 15. Relations between Bahrain and Iran have been strained by ...

Bahraini human rights activist has been released

A prominent Bahraini human rights activist has been released on bail after being jailed last month for criticising state institutions. Speaking to Al Jazeera after his release on Sunday, Nabeel Rajab, the founder of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, noted that his latest arrest came just months after he was released from prison on previous charges. “This is part of ...

Bahrain election begins with overseas voting

First parliamentary polls since electoral constituencies are massively re-drawn Bahrainis overseas on Tuesday cast ballots to elect lawmakers in the fourth quadrennial elections in Bahrain’s modern history. Bahrainis currently in Japan, either as residents or as visitors, were the first among the 1,667 men and women who last week registered as voters, to cast their ballots and elect their representatives ...

HRW urges Bahrain to drop charges against activist

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked allies of Bahrain to urge Manama to drop charges against human rights activist Nabeel Rajab, who is to be tried for a tweet that “insulted state institutions.” Rajab was arrested for posting the tweet in October 2014 and has since been released on bail. His upcoming trial could lead to his facing up to ...

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