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BAHRAIN: Pentagon calls on government to 'refrain from violence'

February 17, 2011 |  6:49 am

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The Pentagon called Bahrain an important partner Thursday, according to Reuters reports, and urged restraint after police stormed a protest camp in central Manama, killing three people.

"As a longtime ally and home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet, Bahrain is an important partner and the department is closely watching developments there," Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told Reuters.

"We also call on all parties to exercise restraint and refrain from violence," Lapan said.

--  Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Doctors march outside a hospital in Manama, Bahrain, on Thursday in protest after at least three people died and hundreds were injured when police stormed a makeshift anti-government protest camp in the capital's Pearl Square earlier in the day. Police moved into Pearl Square overnight, using batons and tear gas to clear protesters, resulting in fatalities and a large number of casualties. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images

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