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Deadly Attacks Against Protesters in Bahrain

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Inspired by recent events in Tunisia and Egypt, thousands of protesters in Bahrain have taken to the streets rallying against the ruling Al Khalifa family, many of them gathering in Pearl Square, in the capital city of Manama. Here, unlike in Egypt, police and armed forces are severely cracking down on the protests, using both crowd control tactics and live ammunition. Also unlike in Egypt, much of the popular anger is tied to majority Shi'ite discontent with the ruling Sunni royal family. Complicating the broader picture is the fact that Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, which deploys ships throughout the Middle East. Below are recent images from events in Bahrain. [36 photos]

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A policeman confronts a protester in the Shi'ite village Sanabis near Manama February 14, 2011. Bahraini police fired teargas and rubber bullets to break up protests on Monday in Shi'ite villages that ring the capital Manama, dampening a "Day of Rage" stimulated by popular upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
A policeman confronts a protester in the Shi'ite village Sanabis near Manama February 14, 2011. Bahraini police fired teargas and rubber bullets to break up protests on Monday in Shi'ite villages that ring the capital Manama, dampening a "Day of Rage" stimulated by popular upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
Bahraini anti-government protesters take a rest from demonstrations in central Manama, February 16, 2011. Protesters in Bahrain, emboldened by revolts that have toppled Arab rulers in Tunisia and Egypt, poured into the center of the capital on Wednesday to mourn a demonstrator killed in clashes with security forces. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed) #
Riot police watch over anti-government protesters Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in Duraz, Bahrain, outside the capital of Manama, shortly before dispersing them with tear gas. Demonstrations broke out nationwide in response to calls on social media sites for major anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Riot police move to disperse a protest in a Shi'ite village near Manama February 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed) #
Bahraini protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by police to disperse them in the village of Sanabis near Manama on February 14, 2011 during a demonstration called for on Facebook and inspired by similar initiatives which led to the ouster of the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Rocks spell out messages from Bahraini anti-government protesters near the Pearl roundabout Wednesday evening, Feb. 16, 2011, in Manama, Bahrain. The Arabic reads "Down with the gangster government" and "No, oh Khalifa". (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Bahrainis hold up shoes as thousands of anti-government protesters gather at Bahrain's Pearl roundabout in the capital Manama, on February 15, 2011, following the deaths of two protesters in clashes with Bahraini police and sparking angry calls from young cyber-activists for regime change and a walkout of parliament by Bahrain's main Shiite opposition bloc. (ADAM JAN/AFP/Getty Images) #
Demonstrators gather around the Pearl Monument centered on a main square in Manama, Bahrain, Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
A Bahraini anti-government protester drinks tea in a tent at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011. Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressures in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Bahraini anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration calling for a regime change at Pearl Square in Manama on February 16, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Bahraini boy with his face painted in the colors of his national flag flashes the victory sign as he takes part in a demonstration calling for a regime change at Pearl Square in Manama on February 16, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Bahraini anti-government protester waves his national flag during a protest calling for regime change at Pearl Square in Manama on February 16, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini anti-government demonstrators watch a soccer game between Barcelona and Arsenal on a TV projector while camping out in protest at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
In this image from video, a large number of armored personnel carriers roll towards Pearl Square occupied by anti-government protesters Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. Riot police firing tear gas and wielding clubs stormed a landmark square occupied by anti-government protesters before dawn Thursday, driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom. (AP Photo/Tony Mitchell) #
In this image from video, riot police firing tear gas and wielding clubs storm Pearl Square occupied by anti-government protesters before dawn Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Tony Mitchell) #
Anti-government demonstrators run away after being attacked by Bahrani riot policemen at the Pearl roundabout, in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Police officers remove protesters' tents in Manama's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini anti-government demonstrators take an injured protester to a hospital in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. Armed patrols prowled neighborhoods and tanks appeared in the streets for the first time Thursday after riot police with tear gas and clubs drove protesters from a main square where they had demanded sweeping political change in this tiny kingdom. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
A wounded protester sits in a hospital bed with shotgun injuries after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. (John Moore/Getty Images) #
A Bahraini anti-government demonstrator shows a pictures of a wounded man who she said was injured during the riot police attack at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Anti-government demonstrators on a street in Manama, after an attack by Bahraini riot policemen at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
A mother holds her injured son inside a hospital after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. (John Moore/Getty Images) #
The body of a person killed during clashes between demonstrators and police lies in the street in Manama, Bahrain on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. Army patrols and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. (AP Photo) #
Bahraini soldiers in tanks and armored vehicles stand ready Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, near a main highway west of the capital of Manama, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
A Bahraini man mourns over the body of a relative at a hospital in Manama on February 17, 2011 after he was killed during clashes between opposition protesters and riot police. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, left, and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani arrive at the Gulf Cooperation Council "GCC" meeting in Manama, Bahrain on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Bahraini women wait outside a hospital in Manama, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, where victims of the confrontation between anti-government protesters and riot police were being treated. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Women mourn for a protester killed during a protest on Monday, as people gather at a Shi'ite village cemetery in Sanabis, west of Bahraini capital Manama. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed) #
Bahraini Shiite Muslims clean the lifeless body of Mahmoud Maki Abu Taki, 22, who died during clashes between Bahraini anti- government protesters and riot police on Thursday in Bahrain. Photo taken on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Bahraini Shiites attend the funeral of Mahmud Mekki, 23, who was killed the day before during violent police raid on anti-regime protesters, in the village of Sitra, east of Manama on February 18, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Relatives of Ali Massour Khodier, 62, who died during clashes between Bahraini anti- government protesters and riot police on Thursday, hold his picture during his funeral procession in Sitra village, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Bahraini worshipers react with tears and shouts against the regime during midday prayers Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in the Shiite Muslim village of Diraz, Bahrain, as Sheik Isa Qassim, Bahrain's top Shiite cleric, called the government assault on protesters at Pearl Square early Thursday a "massacre". (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Bahraini Shiite women wave their national flag as they attend funerals of two comrades who were killed the day before during violent police raid on anti-regime protesters, in the village of Sitra, east of Manama on February 18, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini Shiites mourn during the funeral of Mahmud Mekki, 23, who was killed the day before during violent police raid on anti-regime protesters, in the village of Sitra, east of Manama on February 18, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini anti-government demonstrators run during clashes between protesters and the Bahraini army during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
An unidentified Bahraini anti-government protestor is carried to a vehicle to be taken to a hospital after being shot during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. (AP Photo) #
Bahraini anti-government protesters take a rest from demonstrations in central Manama, February 16, 2011. Protesters in Bahrain, emboldened by revolts that have toppled Arab rulers in Tunisia and Egypt, poured into the center of the capital on Wednesday to mourn a demonstrator killed in clashes with security forces. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed) #
Riot police watch over anti-government protesters Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in Duraz, Bahrain, outside the capital of Manama, shortly before dispersing them with tear gas. Demonstrations broke out nationwide in response to calls on social media sites for major anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Riot police move to disperse a protest in a Shi'ite village near Manama February 14, 2011. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed) #
Bahraini protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by police to disperse them in the village of Sanabis near Manama on February 14, 2011 during a demonstration called for on Facebook and inspired by similar initiatives which led to the ouster of the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Rocks spell out messages from Bahraini anti-government protesters near the Pearl roundabout Wednesday evening, Feb. 16, 2011, in Manama, Bahrain. The Arabic reads "Down with the gangster government" and "No, oh Khalifa". (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Bahrainis hold up shoes as thousands of anti-government protesters gather at Bahrain's Pearl roundabout in the capital Manama, on February 15, 2011, following the deaths of two protesters in clashes with Bahraini police and sparking angry calls from young cyber-activists for regime change and a walkout of parliament by Bahrain's main Shiite opposition bloc. (ADAM JAN/AFP/Getty Images) #
Demonstrators gather around the Pearl Monument centered on a main square in Manama, Bahrain, Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
A Bahraini anti-government protester drinks tea in a tent at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011. Protesters demanding sweeping political reforms from Bahrain's rulers held their ground Wednesday in an Egypt-style occupation of the capital's landmark square, staging a third day of demonstrations that have brought unprecedented pressures in one of Washington's most strategic allies in the Gulf. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Bahraini anti-government protesters take part in a demonstration calling for a regime change at Pearl Square in Manama on February 16, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Bahraini boy with his face painted in the colours of his national flag flashes the victory sign as he takes part in a demonstration calling for a regime change at Pearl Square in Manama on February 16, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Bahraini anti-government protester waves his national flag during a protest calling for regime change at Pearl Square in Manama on February 16, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini anti-government demonstrators watch a soccer game between Barcelona and Arsenal on a TV projector while camping out in protest at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
In this image from video, a large number of armored personnel carriers roll towards Pearl Square occupied by anti-government protesters Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011. Riot police firing tear gas and wielding clubs stormed a landmark square occupied by anti-government protesters before dawn Thursday, driving out demonstrators and destroying a makeshift encampment that had become the hub for demands to bring sweeping political changes to the kingdom. (AP Photo/Tony Mitchell) #
In this image from video, riot police firing tear gas and wielding clubs storm Pearl Square occupied by anti-government protesters before dawn Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Tony Mitchell) #
Anti-government demonstrators run away after being attacked by Bahrani riot policemen at the Pearl roundabout, in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Police officers remove protesters' tents in Manama's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini anti-government demonstrators take an injured protester to a hospital in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. Armed patrols prowled neighborhoods and tanks appeared in the streets for the first time Thursday after riot police with tear gas and clubs drove protesters from a main square where they had demanded sweeping political change in this tiny kingdom. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
A wounded protester sits in a hospital bed with shotgun injuries after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. (John Moore/Getty Images) #
A Bahraini anti-government demonstrator shows a pictures of a wounded man who she said was injured during the riot police attack at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Anti-government demonstrators on a street in Manama, after an attack by Bahraini riot policemen at the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, early Thursday morning, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
A mother holds her injured son inside a hospital after at least three people died and hundreds were left injured when police stormed an anti-government protester camp in the capital's Pearl Square on February 17, 2011 in Manama, Bahrain. (John Moore/Getty Images) #
The body of a person killed during clashes between demonstrators and police lies in the street in Manama, Bahrain on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. Army patrols and tanks locked down the capital of this tiny Gulf kingdom after riot police swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into demonstrators, many of them sleeping, in a pre-dawn assault Thursday that uprooted their protest camp demanding political change. (AP Photo) #
Bahraini soldiers in tanks and armored vehicles stand ready Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, near a main highway west of the capital of Manama, Bahrain. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
A Bahraini man mourns over the body of a relative at a hospital in Manama on February 17, 2011 after he was killed during clashes between opposition protesters and riot police. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, left, and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al-Thani arrive at the Gulf Cooperation Council "GCC" meeting in Manama, Bahrain on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Bahraini women wait outside a hospital in Manama, Bahrain, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, where victims of the confrontation between anti-government protesters and riot police were being treated. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Women mourn for a protester killed during a protest on Monday, as people gather at a Shi'ite village cemetery in Sanabis, west of Bahraini capital Manama. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed) #
Bahraini Shiite Muslims clean the lifeless body of Mahmoud Maki Abu Taki, 22, who died during clashes between Bahraini anti- government protesters and riot police on Thursday in Bahrain. Photo taken on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Bahraini Shiites attend the funeral of Mahmud Mekki, 23, who was killed the day before during violent police raid on anti-regime protesters, in the village of Sitra, east of Manama on February 18, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Relatives of Ali Massour Khodier, 62, who died during clashes between Bahraini anti- government protesters and riot police on Thursday, hold his picture during his funeral procession in Sitra village, Bahrain, Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Bahraini worshipers react with tears and shouts against the regime during midday prayers Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, in the Shiite Muslim village of Diraz, Bahrain, as Sheik Isa Qassim, Bahrain's top Shiite cleric, called the government assault on protesters at Pearl Square early Thursday a "massacre". (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali) #
Bahraini Shiite women wave their national flag as they attend funerals of two comrades who were killed the day before during violent police raid on anti-regime protesters, in the village of Sitra, east of Manama on February 18, 2011. (JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini Shiites mourn during the funeral of Mahmud Mekki, 23, who was killed the day before during violent police raid on anti-regime protesters, in the village of Sitra, east of Manama on February 18, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Bahraini anti-government demonstrators run during clashes between protesters and the Bahraini army during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
An unidentified Bahraini anti-government protestor is carried to a vehicle to be taken to a hospital after being shot during a demonstration in Manama, Bahrain on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Soldiers fired tear gas and shot heavy weapons into the air as thousands of protest marchers defied a government ban and streamed toward the landmark square that had been the symbolic center of the uprising against the Gulf nation's leaders. (AP Photo) #

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