|Clashes in Bahrain over opposition clampdown||
Saudi-backed Bahraini forces have clashed with anti-regime demonstrators in the north of the country.
Riot police fired tear gas canisters during demonstrations against plans to limit political marches on Friday, The Associated Press reported.
Demonstrations were held in the villages of Diraz, Bilad al-Qadeem, and Musalla. In Diraz, the protesters called for the ouster of the Al Khalifa royal family.
At least one protester was injured by birdshot fired by regime forces in Musalla.
Street battles took place in several places around the strategic Persian Gulf island kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.
Many protesters denounced plans by Bahrain to halt giving permits for opposition marches on roadways and other areas, saying they disrupt traffic and everyday life.
Bahraini officials, meanwhile, are studying other possible locations for political demonstrations.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging regular demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on the peaceful protesters.
According to local sources, scores of people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the crackdown.
Physicians for Human Rights says doctors and nurses have been detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities, security forces, and riot police" in the crackdown on anti-government protesters.
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