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Newsline: Bahraini dissident says embassy staff in London tried to kill him

A Bahraini dissident has filed a formal complaint with police in the United Kingdom, claiming that staff at the Bahraini embassy in London tried to murder him. Moosa Mohammed climbed to the top of the embassy in July to protest against the imminent executions of two anti-government activists in Bahrain. (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/bahraini-dissident-embassy-staff-kill-191120070419148.html) He says staff tried to push him off the roof then began the process of trying to kill him inside.

Newsline: Bahraini activist feared becoming a ‘second Khashoggi’ at London embassy

A Bahraini activist who scaled the country’s embassy in London has said he feared becoming a “second Khashoggi” after allegedly being attacked by embassy staff. Moosa Mohammed, who is based in the UK, climbed to the top of the Bahraini embassy on 26 July to protest the executions of Bahrainis Ali al-Arab and Ahmad al-Malali, who Manama put to death following what rights groups have said were confessions extracted through torture. UK police later broke into the embassy to save Mohammed after his cries were heard coming from the rooftop, as embassy staff allegedly beat him with wooden planks and threatened his life. A staff member reportedly told Mohammed that they had “two people being executed in Bahrain and you will be the third”. (https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/bahraini-activist-feared-becoming-second-khashoggi-after-embassy-staff-threats) “While one of them pinned his knee against the back of my neck, another soaked my T-shirt in a puddle and held it over my face, attempting to suffocate me,” said Mohammed, according to new comments released by the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD).

Newsline: Bahrain recalls ambassador to Iraq over embassy attack

Bahrain recalled its ambassador to Iraq for consultations after demonstrators broke into the courtyard of the kingdom’s embassy in Baghdad and took down the flag to protest a U.S.-led meeting in Bahrain on Israeli-Palestinian peace. (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-palestinians-plan-bahrain/bahrain-recalls-ambassador-to-iraq-over-embassy-attack-statement-idUSKCN1TS36F) “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemns the attack on the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Republic of Iraq by the demonstrators (which) led to sabotage in the embassy building,” said a statement on the ministry’s website.

Newsline: Bahrain says work in Syria embassy ‘continuing’ after UAE move

Bahrain has announced that “work is continuing” at its embassy in Syria, day after the UAE reopened its own diplomatic mission in the country. The Bahraini embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus, was closed following the start of a popular uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in 2011, which escalated into a brutal and multifaceted war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, displaced millions and destroyed the country’s infrastructure. The Bahraini Foreign Ministry made the announcement in a statement on its website on Friday, saying it was “anxious to continue relations” with Syria and wants to “strengthen the Arab role and reactivate it in order to preserve the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and prevent the risk of regional interference in its affairs”. Syria’s embassy in the Bahraini capital, Manama, is also operational and flights between the two countries are set to resume, according to the ministry statement.


Newsline: Bahrain summons Iraqi diplomat

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry summoned the deputy charge d’affaires of the embassy of Iraq to denounce footage of former Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki criticising Manama’s crackdown on the Shi’ite opposition. Maliki who now heads an Iraqi coalition called “the State of Law”, attended a meeting last week organised by the February 14 movement, a Bahraini activist group which Manama designated a terrorist group in 2014. “Discrimination, marginalisation … have reached a severe limit on the people of Bahrain,” Maliki said according to videos from the event published by Iraqi media. He was quoted as urging dialogue with those “demanding freedom and justice” to protect Bahrain and Bahrain’s people, Sunnis and Shi’ites. Bahrain described Maliki’s statements as “blatant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Bahrain”, state news agency (BNA) reported. Iraq’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment but it was expected to issue a statement. Bahrain, like Iraq, is a flashpoint for the proxy-war between the two regional arch-rivals Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite Iran.


Newsline: Man on hunger strike outside Bahrain embassy in London

An activist who has been on hunger strike for four weeks to protest against the Bahraini government’s treatment of his imprisoned father has asked Britain’s Queen for help. Ali Mushaima began his protest outside Bahrain’s embassy in Knightsbridge, London on 1 August over the detention of his 70-year-old father, opposition leader Hassan Mushaima, whom rights groups say is being denied proper medical care. Hassan was arrested in 2011 along with dozens of other Shia leaders over his role in anti-government protests during the height of the Arab Spring uprisings across the region.


Newsline: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt break diplomatic ties with Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Egypt on Monday broke diplomatic relations and all land sea and air contacts with fellow Gulf Arab state Qatar, accusing it of supporting “terrorism and extremism”. Saudi Arabia’s state news agency said the kingdom had decided to sever diplomatic and consular relations with Qatar “proceeding from the exercise of its sovereign right guaranteed by international law and the protection of national security from the dangers of terrorism and extremism”. It urged “all brotherly countries and companies to do the same.”