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Saudi security forces kill 8 people in Shia region

May 12, 2019 at 1:25 pm

Saudi Arabian armed forces seen during a training excercise [AHMED FARWAN/Flickr]

Saudi security forces have killed eight people during an operation in the predominantly Shia eastern Al-Qatif region, state news agency (SPA) said on Saturday, as reported by Reuters.

The oil-producing province is a regular flashpoint between the Sunni-dominated government and minority Shia who complain of discrimination and marginalisation.

Saudi authorities deny mistreatment.

The operation occurred on Tarout island, just off the city of Qatif, and targeted a newly formed “terrorist cell”, SPA said in a statement, adding there were no casualties among civilians or policemen.

Security forces were still at the site, it said.

Saudi security services regularly carry out operations in the area, with fatalities reported during operations in January and September, according to Saudi media.