MANAMA, March 16 At least five protesters have
been killed and hundreds wounded in a crackdown by Bahraini
forces on Wednesday, the head of the Shi'ite Muslim opposition
bloc in parliament said.
"This is a war of annihilation. This does not happen even in
wars and this is not acceptable," Abdel Jalil Khalil, a senior
politician in Bahrain's largest Shi'ite party Wefaq, said.
Khalil told Reuters by telephone that, apart from clearing
protesters from the Pearl roundabout, troops had fanned out
across Bahrain, cutting off streets and arresting or firing at
people who tried to cross.
Khalil said that private homes and funeral parlours were
recieving casualties as troops had surrounded several hospitals
and called on qualified doctors to head to their nearest health
centre to help treat casualties.
(Reporting by Lin Noueihed, Editing by Jon Hemming)