Local sources in al-Awamiyah town in Saudi Arabia’s Shia-populated Eastern Province say the locals have been told to either leave their homes or face death at the hands of security forces.
Since the early hours of Saturday, the Saudi forces have started taking the town under heavy shellfire, virtually barricading the public in their homes.
The sources said sharpshooters were training their fire on various targets from atop rooftops and inside armoured vehicles. Ali al-Debisi, the leader of a Europe-based Saudi rights body, said the locals are afraid of going out for fear of coming under sniper fire.
Regime forces, meanwhile, continued to evict people from their homes in the town, they said.