Saudi bat­tle rages

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

DUBAI: Hun­dreds have fled a town in eastern Saudi Ara­bia where gov­ern­ment forces are fight­ing Shia Mus­lim gun­men, ac­tivists and Saudi me­dia have re­ported.

Fight­ing has in­ten­si­fied in Awamiya, where au­thor­i­ties have been try­ing since May to tear down the old quar­ter to pre­vent mil­i­tants us­ing the streets to evade cap­ture.

Lo­cal ac­tivists said Saudi forces have fa­cil­i­tated evac­u­a­tions of those flee­ing clashes that have killed at least seven, in­clud­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers. Dozens of fam­i­lies have been given tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion in a nearby town.

Ap­peals for shel­ter for dis­placed fam­i­lies have ap­peared on so­cial me­dia. Reuters

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