Bahrain man dies after inhaling gas

2011-09-15 21:15

Manama - Relatives of a man in Bahrain say he has died after inhaling tear gas fired by security forces trying to disperse anti-government protesters in the Gulf kingdom.

The death could further increase tensions on the island nation between the ruling Sunni monarchy and majority Shi'ites seeking greater rights.

A brother of 35-year-old Sayyed Jawad Ahmed says he died after inhaling tear gas fired at protesters on Tuesday night. The brother, Mohammed, says Ahmed was hospitalised and died on Wednesday.

Bahrain's health ministry confirmed the death in a statement on Thursday, saying Ahmed had died from "acute respiratory syndrome distress".

More than 30 people died since protests began in February inspired by other Arab uprisings.