15 Mar '11, 7pm

Hundreds shot in Bahrain as emergency declared

Hundreds shot in Bahrain as emergency declared

MANAMA - At least 200 people were shot and wounded on Tuesday in a Shiite village south of the Bahraini capital, a medic said, as the king imposed a state of emergency after bringing in Saudi and Emirati troops to help quell anti-regime protests. As violence escalated, close ally the United States warned that there was "no military solution" to political upheaval in Bahrain and that any violence against peacefully expressed political demands "should be stopped." "More than 200 people we received today had been shot with buckshot," a hospital doctor in the village of Sitra, south of the capital, told AFP by telephone. The doctor, who asked that his name not be used, said the hospital was under siege by armed gangs and security forces targeting Shiites -- the backbone of anti-regime protests that have raged for a month. Neighbouring Iran condemned Monday's intervention by Sa...

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