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AP: Qatar Hack, Bloody Bahrain Raid Follow Trump's Mideast Trip

2017-05-27 - 9:44 p

Bahrain Mirror- Exclusive: The Associated Press said that the Gulf witnessed a number of political unrests after US president Donald Trump's visit to Riyadh.

In a report entitled "Qatar Hack, Bloody Bahrain Raid Follow Trump's Mideast Trip" the agency said that Bahrain has witnessed an escalation in the oppression campaign, as the security forces attacked Diraz, the hometown of Sheikh Isa Qassim, leaving 5 killed protestors and 286 arrested. It went on to say that tensions have also risen in Eastern Province in Saudi Arabia between Shiite activists and security forces there.

"Hard-line royal elements who favor tougher action against Shiite protests may regard President Trump's (comments) in Riyadh as permission to escalate," Simon Henderson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy wrote after the Bahrain raid. It "could have dangerous consequences for both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia."

On the other hand, the report mentioned that Qatar found itself on the defensive once again Thursday as more Arab nations, including Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, blocked access to websites of its flagship Al-Jazeera news network, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast visit. Meanwhile, Qatar announced that hackers published fake comments on Iran and other issues via its state-run news agency this week.

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