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Shia woman injured amid Saudi regime forces’ raid on Qatif

A young woman has been shot and injured after Saudi regime forces stormed the kingdom’s oil-rich and Shia-populated Eastern Province as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its brutal clampdown against pro-democracy campaigners and political dissidents.

 

A young woman has been shot and injured after Saudi regime forces stormed the kingdom’s oil-rich and Shia-populated Eastern Province as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with its brutal clampdown against pro-democracy campaigners and political dissidents.

The Arabic-language Ahrar television network, in a post published on its official Twitter page on Wednesday, reported that Saudi troopers raided a number of neighborhoods across Qatif region, located more than 420 kilometers (260 miles) east of the capital Riyadh, firing stun grenades, tear gas canisters and live bullets.

Power supplies were cut off in the wake of the operations, and a fire even broke out in the Bab al-Shamal neighborhood.

Local sources, requesting not to be named, said a woman suffered gunshot wounds after bullets ripped through the wall of her apartment.

Her relatives sought to transfer the woman to a nearby hospital, but were not allowed to do so for about half an hour by regime forces in the area.

The sources added that regime forces were trying to round out a number of political dissidents during the operations.

Saudi Arabia has recently stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution, and conviction of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.

 

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