Bahrain declares state of emergency

Saudi Arabia and U.A.E. send security forces to protect government installations

Bahrain has declared a state of emergency after at least two people were killed during anti-government protests in the Shia suburb of Sitra outside the capital, Manama. The order by Bahrain’s king will be effect for three months and authorizes “the commander of Bahrain’s defence forces to take all necessary measures to protect the safety of the country and its citizens.” The announcement comes a day after hundreds of Saudi troops were sent to help Bahraini authorities protect government facilities amid escalating protests against the country’s monarchy.

Al Jazeera English

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