SAUDI FORCES SEAL OFF EAST­ERN SHI­ITE TOWN: HRW

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Dubai, UAE - Saudi Ara­bia’s se­cu­rity forces have sealed off a Shi­ite-ma­jor­ity town in the east of the Sunni-ruled king­dom, Hu­man Rights Watch said on Sun­day, fol­low­ing months of un­rest and clashes with po­lice.

Saudi au­thor­i­ties last week said they seized con­trol of a dis­trict of Awamiya, a town in the east­ern Qatif re­gion where protests have es­ca­lated into clashes with se­cu­rity forces in re­cent months.

HRW on Sun­day said Saudi se­cu­rity forces had com­pletely ‘sur­rounded and sealed off’ Awamiya.

The New York-based group said that, based on com­par­a­tive satel­lite im­agery from Fe­bru­ary and Au­gust, large sec­tions of the town had sus­tained ex­ten­sive dam­age, in­clud­ing to civil­ian in­fra­struc­ture.

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