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In Bahrain, at least 3 killed, 231 hurt as army cracks down on protests

The army seizes control of square occupied by anti-government demonstrators and bans gatherings; police place island on lock down.

HAARETZ.com (Reuters and AP)

February 17, 2011 | 8:25 am

The Bahraini army seized control of key parts of capital Manama on Thursday and banned gatherings, after a riot police raid on a protest camp left at least three people dead, 231 wounded and 60 more missing.

Armed vehicles rumbled through the capital after police stormed the demonstration square in a government attempt to quell three days of protest.

“Police are coming, they are shooting teargas at us,” one demonstrator told Reuters by telephone as police tried to disperse demonstrators. Another said: “I am wounded, I am bleeding. They are killing us.”

More than 50 armored vehicles rolled down a highway toward Pearl Square, a road junction that demonstrators sought to turn into the base of a long-running protest like that at Cairo’s Tahrir Square which led to the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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