Kuwait Navy set for Bahrain Saudi Shias rally

CITY, March 18, (Agencies): Kuwait’s navy plans to head to Bahrain soon
to protect the Gulf Arab island nation’s waters, Kuwait’s ambassador to
Bahrain was quoted as saying on Thursday.


On Monday, Bahrain asked for support under a Gulf defence pact after
weeks of protests by pro-democracy activists, mainly majority Shiites
who complain of discrimination by a Sunni monarchy.
The ambassador, Sheikh Azzam al-Sabah, was cited by Kuwait’s Watan news
service, which gave no further details. Kuwaiti officials could
immediately not be reached for comment.
Some 1,000 Saudi soldiers and 500 police officers from the United Arab
Emirates entered Bahrain, which hosts the US Fifth Fleet, earlier this
week as Bahraini security forces led a crackdown on protests that have
been going on for over a month.

The leader of Bahrain’s largest opposition group on Thursday urged Saudi
Arabia to withdraw its forces and called for a UN inquiry into a
crackdown on mainly Shi’ite protesters that has raised tensions in the
oil-exporting region.


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