There is fresh tension in Bahrain this weekend following the killing of a 16-year-old boy who was allegedly run over by a police vehicle. Ali Youssef Bagdar died on Saturday morning in the Juffair area of the capital Manama.
By the afternoon, hundreds of mourners were gathering for Ali Youssef Bagdar’s funeral. The state news service claims that the police vehicle skidded into the boy, who was with a group of protesters, due to oil that the protesters had spread across the road. Many of the protesters dispute this version of events, saying that there was no oil.
Meanwhile, the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) is set to release the findings of its report into the violence that has gripped the country this year. Some critics argue, however, that the BICI has ignored the views of civil society and Bahraini NGOs, reducing its credibility.