CAIRO — Saudi Arabian troops entered Bahrain on Monday as part of a military force from Gulf states called in to deal with a month of political unrest in the island kingdom.
Bahrain’s government called in forces from its Sunni neighbors to put down unrest after protesters overwhelmed police and blocked roads in a resurgence of mass protests seen last month.
Nabeel al-Hamer, a former information minister and adviser to the royal court, said on his Twitter feed these troops were already on the island, a key U.S. ally and headquarters of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Saudi officials declined comment.
Reporters saw no immediate movement of Saudi forces across the 16-mile causeway between the two countries.
Bahraini opposition groups including the largest Shiite Muslim party Wefaq said any intervention by Gulf Arab forces on the island was a declaration of war and an occupation.
HT: Ed M.