Bahrain police fire tear gas at dozens protesting Saudi cleric's execution -witness

by Reuters
Saturday, 2 January 2016 10:15 GMT

DUBAI, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Bahrain police fired tear gas at several dozen people protesting the execution by Saudi Arabia on Saturday of a prominent Saudi Shi'ite cleric, an eyewitness said.

Demonstrators carrying pictures of the cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, faced security forces in a standoff in the Shi'ite Muslim village of Abu-Saiba, west of the capital Manama.

Activists have called for protests in the Sunni-ruled island kingdom, a sign that Nimr's death may inflame already raging sectarian tensions in the Middle East.

(Reporting by Gulf Bureau; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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