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Bahrain: Army Withdrawing from Lulu Roundabout Area

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

Reports coming from Bahrain's Twitter community around Manama on Saturday February 20th of army vehicles withdrawing from Lulu Roundabout where protesters had protested peacefully on Wednesday but were later raided pre-dawn the following morning. On Friday afternoon, protesters headed towards Lulu Roundabout once again only to face live bullets from the military presence at the area.

@mahmood
received confirmation that tanks are being removed from the Pearl Roundabout vicinity, #bahrain #feb14

Meanwhile, blogger Redha Haji, who had already faced an ordeal with police forces for taking photos, has been bravely trying to capture photo confirmation of the withdrawal.

@RedhaHaji #lulu flyover traffic congested. Slow moving. Roads to roundabout closed frm all sides #bahrain #f1 no militray on flyover. gone

@RedhaHaji Enterance to #lulu stil mulitary & tanks prsnt.trucks loading barriers. Seems r packing up #bahrain http://yfrog.com/gzrs4wj

Photo taken on Lulu Roundabout flyover

Photo taken on Lulu Roundabout flyover

@RedhaHaji Diff angle #bahrain #lulu #f1 http://yfrog.com/h0ynqtjj

Photo taken from Central Market carpark

Photo taken from Central Market carpark

@RedhaHaji The central market open. On lookers from fish market onto #lulu r not interfered wt. But no one dares to go close #bahrain #f1 #lulu

Some tweeps have seen army vehicles move south of Manama on Sh. Khalifa Highway confirming they have left lulu Roundabout.

@eyade Tanks and military vehicles seem to be moving south sh. Khalifa highway.

@RshRsho My Friend husband (an Army Man) confirms they are heading back to their units

@funaki: Army going back to base?? http://bit.ly/fMG3Px

Army Vehicles heading south out of the capital Manama

Army Vehicles heading south out of the capital Manama

Bahrain News Agency (BNA) officially announced on their Twitter account that the vehicles had indeed left Lulu Roundabout in accordance to the Crown Prince's live appeal on national television for peace and dialogue.

@bna_ar استجابة لمبادرة صاحب السمو الملكي ولي العهد للحوار والتهدئة انسحاب قوات الجيش من مناطق التمركز الاولية

“In accordance to the Crown Prince's initiative for calm and dialogue, army forces have withdrawn from the primary central locations”

Stay tuned for more coverage from Bahrain.

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011.

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