Posted by | February 19, 2011 18:27 | Filed under: Top Stories

Bahrain’s army shot and killed peaceful protesters Friday, when the protesters tried to retake the square from which they’d been ousted.

At least five people have died in the recent unrest, with dozens more injured. The opposition has so far rejected talks with the government, ruled by the Khalifa royal family, until “tanks are off the streets.”

Although the protest movement in Bahrain is fueled by economic and political concerns, the breakdown of power runs along sectarian lines. The country’s Shia majority complains of discrimination and abuse at the hands of the Sunni-dominated government.

The United States Navy’s Fifth Fleet is also stationed in Bahrain, which is considered a close ally.

President Obama reiterated his call for restraint Friday, saying he was “deeply concerned” about reports of violence in Bahrain, Libya and Yemen.

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