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Bahraini Security Forces Clash with Demonstrators.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Bahraini police and security forces clashed in the suburbs of Bahrain's capital of Manama on Friday with thousands of demonstrators enraged at the government's denial of responsibility in the death of a 14-year-old boy, a human rights advocate in the Arab nation reported.

Nabeel Rajab, president of Bahrain's Center for Human Rights, said that people took to the streets Thursday night and remained into early Friday. There, they voiced anger at several government messages, including a press release that was issued earlier Thursday from Bahrain's interior ministry that - citing a coroner's report - denied the boy was killed by a tear-gas canister or rubber bullet, as activists have said.

Security forces tossed tear gas canisters and shot rubber bullets in hopes of breaking up the protest, according to Rajab, who said he witnessed the clashes in one Manama suburb and also spoke to multiple eyewitnesses.

Journalist Mazen Mahdi also said that he witnessed a similar crackdown in Sanabis, another suburb of the capital, and saw security forces sealing off the area.

In response, protesters set up make-shift barricades and threw stones at riot police in an attempt to stop them from going further into residential parts of the suburbs.

"Security forces raided homes and fired shots into Shiite suburbs as a form of collective punishment," said Rajab. "It is a common tactic they use to stop youth from demonstrating against the regime."

The clashes resulted in several injuries and dozens of arrests, according to Rajab, adding that the Center for Human Rights had not been able to ascertain exact numbers in either case.

The dispute over the circumstances surrounding the 14-year-old boy's death is the latest to stir distrust among activists towards the government.

Clashes broke out overnight Wednesday into Thursday between Shiite Muslim protesters and police, after witnesses said they saw the boy - Ali Jawad al-Sheikh - collapse after riot police fired a tear-gas round at him and other protesters who were in Sitra, Southwest of Manama.

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