Bahraini woman dies during protest: Activist
A Bahraini rights activist said a woman died during clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters in the Gulf kingdom.world Updated: Jul 16, 2011 16:54 IST
A Bahraini rights activist said a woman died during clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters in the Gulf kingdom.
Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said today that 47-year-old Zainab Hasan Ahmed al-Jumaa suffocated after inhaling tear gas fired by riot police during a demonstration Friday near her home in Sitra, the hub of Bahrain's oil industry.
Her death brings the number of those who have died since February to 33, when Bahrain's Shiite majority started protests for greater freedom in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.
Bahrain's Interior Ministry denied al-Jumaa's death was linked to a police operation and said in a statement posted on the ministry's website late Friday that the woman died of natural causes.