February 18th, 2011
09:12 PM ET

At least 4 dead in Bahrain as violence continues

CNN Wire Staff

Manama, Bahrain (CNN) - Government forces fired Friday on protesters in Bahrain's capital, killing at least four of them, an ambulance worker told CNN. The violence was the latest in a series of confrontations in this Persian Gulf island nation that began Monday.

"I told everyone to put their hands up as a sign of peace," said one man who was covered in blood. "Then I saw the military crouch down."

Medical sources at a hospital said at least 50 people were treated Friday for injuries in Manama, and five of them were in critical condition, including one with a bullet wound to the head.

Friday's deaths brought to at least 10 the number of people killed since protesters took to the streets Monday in Bahrain, one of several countries in the Middle East and North Africa to face a surge of dissent following the revolts that toppled longtime autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt.

The casualties here occurred when security forces fired shots and tear gas at a few hundred anti-government protesters who were trying to make a push on Pearl Roundabout, the focal point of the demonstrations this week.

The area had been cleared Thursday in a harsh crackdown and security forces had then cordoned it off. But the violence resumed there Friday as security forces unleashed a massive and sustained barrage of tear-gas canisters and gunfire, witnesses said.

That was followed by "complete chaos" as demonstrators ran for cover, said CNN's Arwa Damon, in the capital.

Afterward, witnesses reported seeing bodies loaded into ambulances.

One man vowed to keep up his protest, whatever the cost. "There would be nothing more honorable than to be killed fighting for freedom for my country," he said.

Bahrain's special envoy to the United States, Abdul Latif Al Zayani, said that if Bahraini forces did fire live rounds, "Probably they were warning shots only."

But he acknowledged to CNN that the protesters were not using live ammunition.

Told that ambulance workers had confirmed the deaths of protesters by live rounds, he said those reports needed to be confirmed. "The reports are still coming in. ... We have great nation and we are a small country. We cannot divide. We have to unite. It's time that we get together. Investigations will happen. And they will continue."

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  1. vincent

    i'm baffled at how the Western media is pushing for Bahrain to become a fundamentalist state. Bahrain is not Iran and nor is it Egypt or Libya. this is a sectarian uprising that has re-branded itself as a pro-democracy movement and CNN has fallen for it hook, line and sinker. The last time there was an uprising in Bahrain it was called an "Islamist" movement and they massacred Westerners and now you are championing them as the 'voice of the people'?

    February 19, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  2. Gary

    Secretary Clinton and the President now find themselves having to align themselves with the Bahrainian government and the thugs who were filmed gunning down unarmed protesters. To keep NAVCENT/5th Fleet in port we have to pay hundreds of millions of our taxpayers dollars to payoff these murderers. It's now wonder the locals hate us. Supporting Mubarak and the Bahrainians for the last 30 years costs us dearly – because the oppressed learn to hate us for empowering these autocrats. Bring the foreign aid back home! Bring NAVCENT back home! Bring the troops back home! Leave the Bahrainians alone so they can form their own brand of republic. End foreign aid! The money is better spent at home!!!

    February 19, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  3. Keith

    Great job Anderson, I'm glad you decided on the phone call from Libya. It is more important than Wisconsin. Well done.

    Vancouver Island, Canada

    February 18, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  4. Adel

    We need President Obama to fully critize and condemn the actions of the military in Bahrain. If the government continues to shoot and kill the peacefull demonstraters, then lets occupy the country, we are already there. It will takes us couple of hours to take full control of the entire country. Good work Arwa.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
  5. Joann

    God Bless the brave people of Bahrain ! Keep up the protesting !
    It has worked with Tunisia & Egypt & it will eventually work there as well.
    Thank you Anderson & your staff for doing a fabulous job reporting on these countries. Please keep it up !! CNN should be shown in school to educate the children here how the rest of the world must live. As hard as people may think life in the US is sometimes, this really makes me feel lucky to be an American !
    You are the best Anderson !! You are not afraid to show your emotions. You were ment to do this kind of work, and you do it great.
    I hope CNN appreciates your ability to get right in the middle of reporting. I,as I'm sure MANY will follow you wherever you are !! YOU ROCK 😉

    February 18, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
  6. Sheri

    Thank you for these stories Anderson! To those who say to "move on". We have our own issues in this country...there are historical events happening around the world with these protests. As Americans we should at the VERY least see how lucky we are and come together in our true appreciation of the freedoms we have. Those who choose to protest in the U.S don't fear being gunned down by our gov't. God bless America!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  7. Dennis Croskery

    AC keep up the reporting on Democracy's Freedom Cry throughout the World. As they say..... as Egypt goes , so goes the Midddle East. Do they say that? They should!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  8. Tara

    Dear Anderson, thank you for your report regarding the situation in Libya. Please keep us informed. I’m an Iranian/American, born and raised in Iran under this brutal regime of Iran, you are our voice, please don’t give up on the Middle East and reporting about it, we’re real people, with real dreams and hopes, we just don’t have a voice in our countries, you make us to feel alive and heard, you’re doing an amazing job, please don’t kill these reports, we’re not just a “New”, you are our voice. Peace and Love.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
  9. Michael C.

    THe US supports brutal dictators as long as they serve a useful purpose. Saddam was on CIA payroll until he started dissing his US masters and selling oil in Euros to the French. 1.7 Billion per year to Mabarak for the favour of keeping radical Islam at bay, despite known human rights abuses and massive looting of public treasury. And Bahrain hosts a useful strategy military base...little will be done except Obama's empty rhetoric. The oppressed majority of Bahrain will pay in blood.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:36 pm |
  10. John Lizzi

    Why the sudden outbreaks of revolts in the Middle East? Is it, I hope, because people are tired of oppressive governments and dictators... or is it, I fear, because some extremist political religious group wants to reorganize these countries under one dogma for a final attempt to destroy America and Israel?

    February 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  11. Josh Ruble

    Anderson, I think what you are doing is great. CNN has always been up to the task of covering the topics that need to be covered, whether the possibility of aliens are visiting Earth or breaking news of protests demanding peaceful revolutions. All of these recent uprisings are indicative of the global change about to sweep the planet. I do not know what tomorrow holds... but I have friends that go to school in Jordan and are witnessing all of these events. They're reactions... like that from Ninja Turtles when we were little... Go Egypt Go! I hope all these foreign dictatorships are removed. Maybe one day.. all the of evil will be removed from this world. Tomorrow may be horrible.... but at some point, our futures will be much brighter. I can't wait until the housekeeper returns.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  12. Adel

    Anderson, please continue with your reporting on Libya & Bahrain. I felt ashamed of being an arab when you were hit multiple times on your head in Egypt by Mubarak's secret police. You are, along with all reporters risking, your lives to bring us the news are my heroes. Please expose the dictators, their killings and their friends in the west. Thank you

    February 18, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  13. Wlodek

    Anderson, I'm appalled at the "insistance " of some dimwits not to show the events in Libia, Bahrain, Yemen etc.
    If some ignorant viewers have no clue where those places are they will never comprehend a sense of history in these moments.It can easily surpass the fall of Berlin Wall in its importance. Stay on top of it and don't cave in!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  14. Sibylle Allgaier

    Don't stop reporting on all the violence against the protesters in the middle east. We over here need to know, we need to be able to send them our energy long distance, they humble us couch potatoes! They deserve us witnessing through your reports. Thank you so much!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  15. mikey

    i hope all of this does,nt lead to any reason for marshal law!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  16. Blank

    First of all I would like to say I love your show Anderson. But I would actually like to talk about what is going on in Bahrain. I can't believe that the U.S. will allow this to happen. I thought the U.S. was supposed to fight for democracy, freedom, and the rights of the people. What is going on is crazy, I just saw the people being shot under gunfire by the police and the army, the people who are supposed to protect the people. This is totaly cruel and inhumamane.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
  17. Zar

    Also I don't mean to be politically correct but it's Pearl Roundabout. Not Pearl Square. Everyone's just saying that because the Egyptian Revolution happened in Tahrir square.

    February 18, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  18. Bandar

    I would like to clarify some information:
    What is happening in the Kingdom of Bahrain at Lulu roundabout are actions by the military because of security reasons. I have an apartment in one of the three buildings you see in the background of the tapes you have presented, those people are creating havoc for expats since the day they began protesting and it has been very dangerous for some people to leave there homes, I assure you that there are other locations for protesters to be in, as well as the government has informed those people not to protest in that location, there are other locations that the Kingdom allows them to protest in.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  19. Maria

    absolutely you must keep reporting on this story! what we are witnessing is of major proportions and will have consequences for the region and the world and we don't yet know what those will be.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  20. Jonte

    I hope all of the Middle Eastern and African countries with dirty leaders are Successful in what they are trying to achieve. The fact is that we live in a new world with old leaders and people are tired of the same old ways. How could Kill your own people?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:25 pm |
  21. Nina

    Anderson, you have to stay with these people in Behrain, I am following the story every day and praying for all people in the world that risk their lives for freedom...that includes U.S. soldiers ...we have to care.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm |