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BAHRAIN: Crackdown 'regrettable' but necessary, foreign minister says

February 17, 2011 | 11:15 am


Bahrain's foreign minister, Sheik Khalid bin Ahmed al Khalifa, on Thursday justified a government crackdown on protesters that left at least three dead.

Al Khalifa spoke in the capital, Manama, after meeting with his gulf counterparts, according to the Associated Press.

He said the violence was "regrettable" but necessary because the demonstrators were "polarizing the country" and pushing it to the "brink of the sectarian abyss," according to the Associated Press.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

Photo: Ahmed Butaki embraces his slain brother Mohmoud Butaki at a hospital morgue in Manama, Bahrain on Thursday. Mohmoud Butaki was one of at least three people killed when police stormed a makeshift anti-government protester camp in Manama. Credit: John Moore / Getty Images