Sunnis, Shi'ites clash in Bahrain

2011-03-04 17:31
Manama - Police intervened to disperse young Sunnis and Shi'ites who clashed late on Thursday in a town in Bahrain, residents said on Friday.

The incident in Hamad Town, south of Manama, was the first of its kind in the kingdom that has been rocked by a wave of protests calling for political reforms. A Sunni dynasty rules the tiny Shi'ite-majority Gulf archipelago state.

Local pro-government daily Al-Ayam said an assault on a young girl who was leaving school provoked the clashes.

Alerted by text messages, supporters from both sides gathered in the area and fought with sticks, before the police intervened with tear gas, said the daily, which reported that two were injured.

Residents said the Sunnis were naturalised Syrians.

Pro- and anti- government demonstrations have been taking place in the kingdom since mid-February but no other clashes have been reported between the two sides.

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