Yet another video showing clashes between youths and riot police in Bahrain has emerged on the internet.
The video in question was filmed on Thursday night in the village of Diraz, north west of Bahrain. It shows youths, equipped with gas masks, hurling petrol bombs at security forces who fire tear gas,
Clashes between security forces and youths have intensified in Bahrain since the deaths of two young protesters. 17-year-old Ali Hussein Nemat and 22-year-old Mohamed Mushaima both died over the past week.
Ali Hussein Nemat was reportedly shot dead by police forces in the village of Sadad last Friday. As to Mushaima, he passed away whilst in custody. The 22-year-old had been sentenced by a Bahraini Court to 7 years in prison for participating in pro-democracy rallies. His lawyer claims that his client, who suffered from sickle cell anemia, died because he did not receive proper medical treatment whilst in custody.
Meanwhile, Nabeel Rajab, arguably the most prominent rights activist in the Gulf nation, called on the Bahraini people to maintain hope amidst the regime's suppression. The head of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), who is currently serving a three-year sentence for participating in illegal rallies, was released from prison to attend the funeral of his mother.
Bahrain, which is ruled by a Sunni Muslim monarchy and hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has been in turmoil since activists mainly from the majority Shi'ite community began protests in February 2011, inspired by successful uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
More than a year later, unrest persists with weekly mass rallies by opposition parties and clashes between youth activists and riot police.