Over the past 48 hours in Saudi Arabia, two protesters have been killed as a result of clashes in Qatif. On Friday, security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing one and wounding three, adding to the casualty count of one dead and three injured from Thursday.

The first victim from Thursday has been identified as 21-year-old Munir al-Medani, who, according to another activist, took a live bullet to the chest and later died of his wounds in the hospital. The latest victim is identified as Zohair al-Saad.

Above is a screenshot from this activist video of the protests and a photo of protests in Qatif today posted to the Revolution East activist Facebook page.

Protests began last March in Eastern Province, triggered by Saudi Arabia’s support for the crackdown in Bahrain, and since then six have been killed and more than 500 arrested.

[Al Jazeera English; Washington Post; Lede Blog/NYT]

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