Reports that 1000 Saudi troops have entered Bahrain (AJE, Mar 14)





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Aljazeera English article on the matter:

Saudi troops 'sent into Bahrain'

Reports say military force deployed to Gulf neighbour to help protect government facilities after weeks of unrest.

A Saudi military force of about 1,000 troops has entered Bahrain to help protect government facilities there, according to reports citing Saudi sources.

The reports on Monday, which Al Jazeera could not immediately confirm, follow weeks of unrest in the tiny Gulf State, which lies between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

"About 1,000 Saudi soldiers entered Bahrain early on Monday morning through the causeway to Bahrain," the Reuters news agency reported a Saudi source as saying, referring to the 26km causeway that connects the island kingdom to Saudi Arabia.

"They are part of the Gulf Co-operation Council [GCC] force that would guard the government installations."

Abdel al-Mowada, the deputy chairman of Bahrain's parliament, told Al Jazeera: "I cannot gurantee it 100 per cent. We heard that they [the Saudi force] are coming ... but it is not 100 percent guaranteed [that they are here]."

The move follows a request from Bahrain for help from its Gulf Arab neighbours as the country's Sunni rulers face growing pressures from its majority Shia population to institute political reforms.

The Gulf Daily News newspaper had reported that forces from the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), a six-member regional bloc, would be arriving in the country on Monday with a mission "limited to protecting vital facilities".

The Guardian newspaper also reported on Monday that Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, Bahrain's crown prince, would formally request a Saudi intervention.

But the involvement of Saudi troop is unlikely to receive much support among the protesters who worry that the foreign force will be used to clear Pearl Roundabout, the scene of much of the protest in Bahrain.

Even some government supporters fear the economic impact of a Saudi intervention.

"Who would want to do business here if there are Saudi tanks rolling across the causeway?" asked Abdullah Salaheddin, a Bahraini banker, last week.



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