At least eight people were killed in Saudi Arabia when regime forces raided a village in the kingdom’s oil-rich and Shia-populated Eastern Province, as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman against pro-democracy campaigners, Muslim preachers and intellectuals continues unabated in the country.
Local sources, requesting anonymity, said security forces stormed into Sanabes Village of Tarout Island on Saturday afternoon, triggering an exchange of gunfire with local residents.
The sources added that two distinguished opposition figures were fatally shot in the process.
According to Reuters, eight people were killed during the heavy crackdown.
Saudi Arabia has stepped up what appears to be politically motivated arrests, prosecution and conviction of peaceful dissident writers and human rights campaigners.
Eastern Province has been the scene of peaceful demonstrations since February 2011.