Reports say Saudi-backed Bahraini forces attacked more than 70 people at a religious ceremony in the village of Ma’ameer, south of Manama, injuring many people during the onslaught.
In an earlier video released on Sunday by activists, Saudi-backed forces were seen detaining children on the eastern island of Sitra despite the Al Khalifa family’s recent lifting of a nationwide martial law, which had been imposed since March.
Outraged by the ongoing brutal suppression in the Persian Gulf kingdom, young protesters were shown fleeing police cars on the eastern island. Regime forces then catch up with the youngsters and brutally beat one of them before abducting a number of other children.
The videos struck at the heart of a popular revolution staged by thousands of anti-government protesters, who have been holding demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, demanding the overthrow of the Al Khalifa dynasty.
On March 14, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates deployed troops to the Persian Gulf sheikhdom at Manama’s request to help Bahraini security forces’ efforts to crush the nationwide protests.
Scores of people have been killed and many more arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protests in Bahrain — a longtime ally of the United States and home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
Bahraini regime forces, backed by Saudi army troops, have abducted many people, including opposition activists, journalists, teachers, students, doctors, and nurses, and have also destroyed dozens of mosques.