DUBAI: Six people were killed and one arrested in a security operation in Saudi Arabia’s eastern Al-Qatif region on Monday, the state news agency reported on Wednesday.
Violence in the area has become rarer since security forces largely flushed out gunmen in a 2017 campaign that left much of the town’s old quarter flattened.
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Qatif, in an oil-producing province and home to a large Shia Muslim population, is a flashpoint between the Sunni-dominated government and Shia Muslim minority complaining of discrimination and marginalisation. Saudi authorities deny those charges.
Protests and deadly militant attacks on security forces have escalated since Nimr al-Nimr, a Shia Muslim cleric critical of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family, was executed two years ago on charges of inciting violence.
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