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Sun, 2011-04-24 01:12

Al-Wefaq says 30 places of worship — including 16 mosques — have been destroyed since martial law was declared last month.
A statement Saturday said the government has no legal justification for attacks on places of worship and suggests that the destruction is a punishment for weeks of anti-government protest.
The demolition is likely to further inflame sectarian tensions in the island kingdom, the home of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states sent troops to Bahrain to help the ruling dynasty contain the unrest.
Meanwhile, hundreds of followers of an Iraqi party gathered Saturday in Baghdad in a show of solidarity for anti-government protesters in Bahrain.
The demonstration in central Khilani Square, organized by the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council or SIIC, one of the main Iraqi parties, demanded that the Bahraini government stop the crackdown against protesters and that the foreign troops leave.
"We strongly denounce the double standard in the stance of world and the regional countries on the presence of invading forces in Bahrain," Hadi Al-Amiri, a top official of the SIIC, told the demonstrators referring to forces of Gulf states in Bahrain.
Iran on Saturday urged Bahrain to heed the demands of its people before it was too late.
"The government of Bahrain should put an end to this crisis and meet the legitimate rights of its people before it is too late," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in remarks broadcast and translated into English by Iran's Press TV channel.
Tehran, which vocally supports uprisings that have swept the Arab world, has strongly condemned a crackdown against the protesters in Bahrain.

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