Hezbollah linked to violence in Bahrain

Bahrain interior minister Sheikh Rashed bin Abdullah al-Khalifa told parliament on Tuesday that 24 people were killed in Bahrain in a month of unrest and anti-regime protests allegedly linked to Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The breakdown was as follows:

4 policemen

7 innocent civilians

13 protesters who took part in violence and vandalism

In addition to the killings he said

391 policemen were wounded

56 Bahraini and other nationals.

4 policemen were kidnapped and tortured

The interior minister accused the predominantly Shiite protesters of being linked to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, “as proven by the demonstrators’ methods as well as statements of support from the Lebanese Shiite group and Tehran.”

“All this reveals a link and the training style of Hezbollah,” he said.

Kuwaiti newspaper As-Seyyasah reported last Thursday”:

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are heading toward “making a collective decision to expel all Lebanese Shiites who are connected to Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.”

“ These states received proven reports from Bahraini, French, and US intelligence that Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard members are, along with local religious figures, leading the protests in Bahrain and eastern Saudi Arabia,” the daily quoted an anonymous Arab diplomat as saying.

During a televised speech via video link earlier this month Hezbollah ’s Hassan Nasarllah called the events in Bahrain a “special injustice”. Nasrallah asked whether Arab silence about the repression of protests there is due to sectarian prejudice against the Shiite-majority opposition.

“I ask some in the Arab and Islamic worlds: Why have you remained mum over the tyranny against our people in Bahrain, is it only because they are Shiites?”

He also said Hezbollah is ready to help the protesters.

Many Lebanese in Bahrain are now reportedly facing problems with their residence visas according to reports coming from Manama.

Bahrain NATIONAL carrier Gulf Air suspended all flights between Bahrain and Lebanon effective Tuesday March 22, in response to the speech of the Hezbollah leader .

The action by the Bahrain national carrier came after Bahrain issued a travel advisory banning all its citizens from traveling to Lebanon and also urged its citizens that are living in Lebanon to leave immediately for security reasons.

A Bahrain official was reported as saying last week:

” Bahrain’s decision to suspend flights to Iran, Iraq and Lebanon and its condemnation of remarks by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah had “paved the way for the deportation of thousands of Lebanese Shiites from the Gulf.”

Shiite MPs

Bahrain’s parliament on Tuesday accepted the resignations of 11 Shiite MPs who resigned over the use of force against demonstrators, in a vote exposing them to possible legal action.

The house in a unanimous vote “accepted the resignations of 11 MPs of Al-Wefaq,” which with 18 seats makes up the largest bloc in the 40-member parliament of the Shiite -majority state, official news agency BNA said.

It said that parliament decided to postpone a vote on the other seven members of Al-Wefaq, which heads the opposition in the Gulf country ruled by a Sunni royal family.

Photo: Bahraini Shiite Muslims protest outside the Ministry of Interior in the capital Manama on March 2.

  • eliasfd

    I am not here to defend Hezbollah but the king of Bahrain has not shown any proofs that Hezbollah is leading the Protest or inciting them.. Just accusing them for the sake of shying away from you neglecting the Shiites in Bahrain is not enough.
    The Shiites have suffered for generations among Arab nations and they should have the same rights to be leader and kings too.
    The ME needs big overhaul and democratic changes need to take places. Otherwise we can never survive past our religions and sects and we will be stuck forever with fighting each other and be under the influence of the West and extremists. Arabs need change of identity meaning economic and social freedom and get rid of these extremists from all sides. Once democratic changes take place, then we gain the respect of our people and many countries across the world. enough of this sunnis, shiites and christians and whatever.. Every Arab leader want to hang on to their post forever. then the bastards pass them on to their sons. Then the sons fights each other for the post and we’re following these idiots like never before. We do go to school and get education to follow such monster leaders who taking advantage of these nations resources and they pass few bucks to us if any. If the Shiites were taken care of in all level like the other sects then I am sure this rebellion would not have taken place. Time for Bahrain to replace the king with elected officials who runs for limited time and pass on to someone else who is capable of running the country. Enough is Enough damn it.

  • Anonymous

    I am not here to defend Hezbollah but the king of Bahrain has not shown any proofs that Hezbollah is leading the Protest or inciting them.. Just accusing them for the sake of shying away from you neglecting the Shiites in Bahrain is not enough.
    The Shiites have suffered for generations among Arab nations and they should have the same rights to be leader and kings too.
    The ME needs big overhaul and democratic changes need to take places. Otherwise we can never survive past our religions and sects and we will be stuck forever with fighting each other and be under the influence of the West and extremists. Arabs need change of identity meaning economic and social freedom and get rid of these extremists from all sides. Once democratic changes take place, then we gain the respect of our people and many countries across the world. enough of this sunnis, shiites and christians and whatever.. Every Arab leader want to hang on to their post forever. then the bastards pass them on to their sons. Then the sons fights each other for the post and we’re following these idiots like never before. We do go to school and get education to follow such monster leaders who taking advantage of these nations resources and they pass few bucks to us if any. If the Shiites were taken care of in all level like the other sects then I am sure this rebellion would not have taken place. Time for Bahrain to replace the king with elected officials who runs for limited time and pass on to someone else who is capable of running the country. Enough is Enough damn it.

  • mimi

    There are many images on the net that displays alwefaq bahrains opposition carrying hezbollah flags & pics of Ali Salman meeting with Nasrallah

  • mimi

    There are many images on the net that displays alwefaq bahrains opposition carrying hezbollah flags & pics of Ali Salman meeting with Nasrallah