US, Israel, S. Arabia Support Suppression of Protests in Bahrain to Attain Interests

TEHRAN (FNA)- Washington and Tel Aviv support the Bahraini regime's brutal acts against the people and Saudi Arabia even plays a main and obvious role in repressing protesters in the tiny Persian Gulf island for the sake of their own interests, a senior Bahraini opposition figure said.

Speaking to FNA, a senior leader of the February 14 Coalition Sheikh Issa bin Ali al-Jamri stated that the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia are providing unlimited support for the Al Khalifa regime and help it in the massacre of the innocent people in the tiny Persian Gulf island.

He said that Riyadh and Amman are supporting Manama because they fear the spread of popular uprisings to their own countries and are trying to delay their collapse.

As regards the reason behind the US support for the Al Khalifa, Sheikh al-Jamri said Washington believes that Al Khalifa's remaining in power will guarantee the continued deployment of the US Navy's 5th Fleet in the region.

He said that Israel, too, is supporting Manama because the Al Khalifa regime is serving the interests of Israel in the region.

Media reports from inside Bahrain revealed that the Al Khalifa regime is using US-manufactured weapons to suppress peaceful popular protests and demonstrations in the tiny Persian Gulf country.

The report came after the US state department said in October that it will move forward with a plan to sell $53mln worth of weapons to Bahrain, despite the regime's severe crackdown on peaceful popular protests.

Anti-government protesters have been holding peaceful demonstrations across Bahrain since mid-February, calling for an end to the Al Khalifa dynasty's over-40-year rule.

Violence against the defenseless people escalated after a Saudi-led conglomerate of police, security and military forces from the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) member states - Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Qatar - were dispatched to the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom on March 13 to help Manama crack down on peaceful protestors.

So far, tens of people have been killed, hundreds have gone missing and more than 1,000 others have been injured.