A Bahraini opposition leader has warned that if Saudi Arabia does not withdraw its forces from Bahrain, a new war could spread across the Persian Gulf region.
“The Saudis are better advised to go back to their borders … otherwise there will be bad consequences,” Saeed al-Shehabi told.
“It could ignite regional war in the region, because changing the balance of power in the region is very sensitive at this moment of time, especially when the revolutions and people’s demands continue to be put forward,” he added.
The opposition leader also expressed concern that the Saudi forces might never leave Bahrain, as history has shown that when Riyadh sent forces to Kuwait and Yemen, it failed to withdraw them and still occupies those countries.
“My worry is that they (the Saudis) will occupy some parts of Bahrain, especially the shared oilfields of Abu Safah, which is shared 50 percent by each country,” he went on to say.
“The situation is more likely to become worse and more tense. My worry is that more people will be killed for nothing,” Shehabi predicted.
On Monday, Bahrain’s fellow members of the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar — dispatched their armed forces to the Persian Gulf island at Manama’s request to quell nationwide protests against the Sunni-led monarchy’s suppression of the Shia majority.
Inspired by the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, tens of thousands of Bahrainis have poured into the streets of the capital Manama since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al-Khalifa dynasty, which has ruled the country for almost two centuries.
Demonstrators are keeping vigil in hundreds of tents in Manama’s Pearl Square, which has become the epicenter of anti-government protests.
At least 7 people have been killed so far during the government clampdown on the peaceful demonstrations in Bahrain. Agencies