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Bahrain jails 16 activists over attack on police
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Bahrain99a(8).jpgA Bahraini court on Monday sentenced 16 activists convicted of attacking a police patrol with Molotov cocktails to seven years in prison each, a judicial source said, according to AFP. 
They were also found guilty of blocking roads by setting tires on fire in May last year and for taking part in an unauthorized protest during which a police vehicle was attacked, although no one was hurt.
The jail terms are the latest against protesters accused of violence in the Persian Gulf monarchy, where a popular uprising to demand democratic reform was crushed in March 2011.
At least 89 people have been killed since the protests began, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.
Strategically located across the Persian Gulf from Iran, Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet and is an offshore financial and services center for its oil-rich Arab neighbors.

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