Manama: A Bahraini rights activist says a woman has died during clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters in the Gulf kingdom.
Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said today that 47-year-old Zainab Hasan Ahmed al-Jumaa suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration yesterday near her home in Sitra, the hub of Bahrain’s oil industry.
Her death brings the number of those who have died since February to 33, when Bahrain’s Shiite majority started protests for greater freedoms in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
Bahrain’s Interior Ministry denied al-Jumaa’s death was linked to a police operation and said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website late yesterday that the woman died of natural causes. Zeenews