Martial law declared in Bahrain
MANAMA – Bahrain’s king declared martial law yesterday as his government struggled to quell an uprising by the island’s Shi’ite Muslim majority that has drawn in troops from fellow Sunni-ruled neighbor Saudi Arabia.
The three-month state of emergency will hand wholesale power to Bahrain’s security forces, which are dominated by the Sunni Muslim elite, stoking sectarian tensions in one of the Gulf’s most politically volatile nations.
Disturbances shook the kingdom through the day. A hospital source said two men were killed in clashes in the Shi’ite area of Sitra and more than 200 people were wounded in various incidents.