Last Update 0:50
Monday, 17 December 2018

Protester killed in Saudi eastern Shiite region

One protester is killed in Qatif, a Shiite majority area in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, when police opened fire on a demonstration against police brutality

AFP , Tuesday 22 Nov 2011
Shiite demonstration
File photo: A Shiite demonstration against police brutality (Photo: Internet)
Views: 2973
Views: 2973

One protester died of wounds sustained when security forces opened fire on protesters in the Shiite Qatif region of Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, medical officials said on Tuesday.

Ali Al-Felfel was hit by a bullet in the chest Monday night and died in the hospital later, they said.

Several other people were wounded in the gunfire, which dispersed protests triggered by the suspicious death of a Shiite man near a Saudi police checkpoint in Qatif late Sunday.

Witnesses said Saudi security forces opened fire on protesters that had taken to the streets in the town of Chouika after the death of 19-year-old Nasser Al-Mheishi, accusing police of killing him.

The circumstances surrounding Mheishi's death were not clear.

Speaking to AFP, Mheishi's father said the police told him his son was killed in crossfire between unknown gunmen and police.

But a witness later said that one of the policemen at the checkpoint shot Mheishi dead, according to the father.

Shiite activists told AFP that one other man was wounded in clashes in recent days with security forces in the Shiite town of Awamiya, also in Qatif.

In October, 14 people, including 11 policemen, were wounded during clashes with security forces and demonstrators in the same area.

At the time, the interior ministry in the Sunni-ruled kingdom blamed "outlaws" for the violence and hinted at Iranian involvement in instigating the clashes.

The overwhelming majority of the estimated two million Saudi Shiites live in Eastern Province, which neighbours Bahrain where authorities, supported by Saudi-led Gulf troops, earlier this year crushed a Shiite-led protest.

Shiites in oil-rich Saudi Arabia often complain of being marginalised.

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.