Troops open live fire around Pearl roundabout in Manama after nightfall, at least 66 wounded
Shots were fired by soldiers around Pearl roundabout in Manama, the Bahraini capital, a day after police forcibly cleared a protest encampment from the traffic circle.The circumstances of the shooting after nightfall on Friday were not clear. Officials at the main Salmaniya hospital said at least 66 people were injured, some with gunshot wounds to the head and chest.Some doctors and medics on emergency medical teams were in tears as they tended to the wounded.
X-rays showed bullets still lodged inside victims."This is a war," said Dr. Bassem Deif, an orthopedic surgeon examining people with bullet-shattered bones. Protesters described a chaotic scene of tear gas clouds, bullets coming from many directions and people slipping in pools of blood as they sought cover. Meanwhile, Sheikh Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa, the King of Bahrain, asked his crown prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa to start a national dialogue "with all parties".
Earlier on state TV the crown prince had called for calm, saying it was "time for dialogue, not fighting"."The dialogue is always open and the reforms continue," Sheikh Hamad al-Khalifa said on Bahrain TV.