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Publish Date : Wednesday 17 January 2018 - 18:47
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Saudi Regime’s Death Squad Kills Shiite Youth in Restive East
Saudi Regime’s Death Squad Kills Shiite Youth in Restive East
 
 
Islam Times - Saudi regime forces have killed a Shiite youth during a raid al-Awamiyah area of the kingdom's Shiite-majority restive Eastern Province.
 
According to local's sources, Abdullah bin Mirza al-Qalaf was shot dead by Saudi regime's terror unit, known as the “death squad,” on Monday.
 
Since 2011, Eastern Province has been the scene of anti-regime demonstrations, with the protesters calling for freedom of speech, the release of political prisoners, and an end to economic and religious discrimination exercised by authorities.
 
Saudi regime forces have particularly imposed a deadly crackdown on Awamiyah the home area of late prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr—since May 2016. Nimr’s execution by the Al Saud regime drew firm international condemnation and sparked mass protests across the West Asia region.
 
Saudi authorities call the clampdown a “security campaign” against the gunmen there, and have used the measure as a pretext to launch almost daily attacks against the town, destroying residential areas, setting fire to buildings, and reportedly threatening the residents to either leave or face potentially deadly swoops.
 
Awamiyah – a 400-year-old town in the eastern Qatif province home to around 30,000 people – has been surrounded by siege barricades put up by the security services since attempts to evict residents turned violent on 10 May.
 
Foreign media are not allowed near the area, which means the world is reliant on heavily-controlled Saudi state media.
 
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