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Unrest: Bahrain accuses Iran TV of spreading false reports

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Filed on March 1, 2011

MANAMA - Bahrain has accused an Iranian TV of spreading false reports about the country relating to recent disturbances, while claiming that progress has been made in the national dialogue initiative to restore stability.

Information Affairs Authority spokesperson Maysoon Sabhkarm told a press conference on Sunday that false reports that tanks and troops had arrived in Bahrain from Saudi Arabia to quell disturbances have been traced back to claims initially made by a Syrian analyst on Iran’s Press TV, and not on Syrian TV as previously suggested.

The spokesperson pointed out that in the recent disturbances seven protesters died and 15 remained in the hospital with all of them in stable conditions.

She also revealed that talks with representatives of Bahraini society and the Crown Prince continued and positive progress was being made towards commencement of the national dialogue.

Meanwhile, 18 members of Bahrain’s largest bloc officially submitted their resignation from the lower house of parliament on Sunday.

Al Wefaq opposition bloc announced that it has taken the step to express solidarity with those killed and injured during the protests. Unionist, Abdulghafar Abdulhussain, also resigned from the upper house in support of protesters.

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