A human rights monitoring group says Bahraini regime forces stormed more than 59 houses and arrested 42 activists across the tiny Gulf kingdom in June as the ruling Al Khalifah dynasty does not shy away from its heavy-handed clampdown on political dissidents and pro-democracy campaigners.
The Rasad Bahrain group said the raids were carried out in the villages of Buri, al-Dair, Samaheej, Barbar, Diraz, al-Daih, Karrana, Sanabis, Sitra Island, Juffair, Ma'ameer, Nuwaidrat, Abu Saiba, Shakhura, Saar, Nabih Saleh, A'ali, Shahrakan, Bani Jamra, Karzakan, Eker and Malkiya.
It added that regime forces also set up checkpoints in numerous areas and on streets as part of Al Khalifah’s continued crackdown on people.
Meanwhile, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has revealed that authorities at the notorious Jaw prison have prevented some 80 political inmates from contacting their families.
Thousands of anti-regime protesters have held demonstrations in Bahrain on an almost daily basis ever since a popular uprising began in the country in mid-February 2011.