NEW DELHI: The Saudi Arabian autocratic regime in an apparent move to silence dissent, has killed at least eight people on Saturday in its eastern province of Qatif, claiming that they were preparing an attack on the state.
The men were killed after they fired shots at security forces after they had surrounded a residential apartment in the Sanabis neighbourhood in Qatif, a Saudi security spokesperson said.
However, there is no immediate reaction from any of the human rights activists or groups, but it is believed that the alleged killings were done by Saudi regime to discourage the growing uprising against the Wahhabi regime, blamed of discrimination against the Shia-majority region.
The Saudi security forces, according to local news reports, besieged the town of Umm al-Hamam in Qatif for more than 15 hours, and raided several households in search of wanted suspects, after accusing them of committing acts of terrorism in the eastern region.
Last month, the regime has announced mass execution of 37 men with 33 from minority Shia community who have been convicted following unfair trials for alleged crimes, including terrorism, espionage and protest-related offenses, according to Human Rights Watch.