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Boy, 16, Killed on Second Anniversary of Bahrain Protests

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011/2013.

A 16-year-old boy was killed in Bahrain today (February 14, 2013), on the second anniversary of the start of widespread Arab Spring-style protests across the country. His death, reportedly from shotgun injuries, sparked anger online – and on the streets.

On Twitter, activist Maryam Alkhawaja shares a photograph of the victim's injuries, saying:


@MARYAMALKHAWAJA
: Graphic: Young protester Hussain AlJazeeri shot at close range with pellets died at the hospital RIP #bahrain #feb14 pic.twitter.com/vBFq2dgW

Al Jazeeri's death was acknowledged by the country's Ministry of Interior Twitter feed as follows:

@moi_bahrain: Operations Room received call from SMC [Salmaniya Medical Complex] reporting an injured individual pronounced dead.Public Prosecutor was informed

His death strikes a raw chord. Two years ago, another victim was killed by police in the same village – Al Daih.

Mohamed Hasan tweets:

@safybh: The place that witnessed the first death on #feb14 2011 is witnessing another today, same persons are still in charge of #bahrain

Alkhawaja adds:

@MARYAMALKHAWAJA: The child killed today is from the same village as Ali Mushaima, first person killed on #feb14 2011 #bahrain

Protesters block the road in Al Qadam, Bahrain, on the second anniversary of widespread protests. Photograph shared on Twitter by @MazenMahdi

Protesters block the road in Al Qadam, Bahrain, on the second anniversary of widespread protests. Photograph shared on Twitter by @MazenMahdi

Doctor Nabeel Tammam tweets [ar]:

يوجد لدينا نظام يقتل الأطفال في #البحرين_مقبرة_حقوق_الانسان واليوم #الشهيد_حسين_الجزيري

@ntammam: We have a regime which kills children in Bahrain, the cemetery of human rights. Today we have a martyr Hussain Al Jazeeri

Abu Omar Al Shafee comments [ar]:

سنتين و #البحرين تدور في حلقة مفرغة وكل متمسك بمطالبة ورؤاه #حسين_الجزيري رحمة الله جزء من هذه الحلقه التي لم تتوقف عن الدوران

@ALSHAF3EE: Two years and Bahrain is rotating in this vicious circle and everyone is holding firmly to his demands and opinions. Hussain Al Jazeeri, may his soul rest in peace, is part of this vicious circle than hasn't stopped rotating

Blogger Mahmood Al Yousif pleads to the authorities:

@mahmood: Today of all days, the regime in #bahrain should temper the use of violence and at least try to give people the freedom of expression #FEB14

And blogger Mohammed AlMaskati concludes:

@emoodz: Way too much anger and frustration in the air.. الله يحفظ البحرين وأهلها [May God protect Bahrain and its people]

This post is part of our special coverage of Bahrain Protests 2011/2013.

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