SAUDI FORCES SEAL OFF EASTERN SHIITE TOWN: HRW
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.