March 16, 2011 / 8:24 AM / 9 years ago

Bahrain opposition: 5 dead in "war of annihilation"

MANAMA, March 16 (Reuters) - 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)

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