On September 28, a spokesman for the Saudi Presidency of State Security announced that security forces killed three men accused of terrorism a day earlier after they resisted arrest in the eastern Shi’ite region of Qatif. Three Saudi policemen were reportedly lightly injured in the clashes.
According to the spokesman, the three men “Mohammed Hasan Ahmed Al Zaid,” Mufeed Hamza Ali Al-Alwan” and “Khalil Ibrahim Hasan Al Muslim” were involved in a series of “terror incidents” which took place in Qatif.
Contrary to the Saudi authorities’ claims, the Iranian al-Alam TV reported, on September 27, that Saudi security forces targeted several young men in the neighborhood of al-Kuwaikeb in Qatif only because they oppose the sectarian polices of the kingdom.
During the last few years, Qatif witnessed miltiple protests against the Saudi government. The protests escalated two years ago when Saudi authorities executed well-known Shi’ite cleric “Nimr Baqir al-Nimr,” who led many protests in 2011 and 2012. In response, Saudi security force began targeting anyone who was involved in the uprising.