In Pictures: Saudi’s Siege on its Own People

Published July 31st, 2017 - 12:06 GMT

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Saudi Arabia is currently cracking down on Shia "terrorists" in the town of Al-Awamiya in the east of the kingdom, however the reality on the ground is far from what is being reported in local media.

The entire town has come under siege, and activists report that the regime is shooting and killing civilians and protesters indiscriminately.

Here are some images which purport to be from the town itself.

Note: These images cannot be indepedently verifed.  Continue reading below »

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The Saudi siege of Al-Awamiya, a Shia-heavy town in the east of the kingdom, began after the regime announced it would demolish a four-century old neighborhood in order to stop 'terrorists' hiding in it. 
(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 1 of 10:  1 / 10The Saudi siege of Al-Awamiya, a Shia-heavy town in the east of the kingdom, began after the regime announced it would demolish a four-century old neighborhood in order to stop "terrorists" hiding in it. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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The local population protested the regime's plan, seeing it as yet another oppressive and unnecessarily violent move. The historical architecture of the neighborhood is seen as a part of the local identity and heritage. 
(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 2 of 10:  2 / 10The local population protested the regime's plan, seeing it as yet another oppressive and unnecessarily violent move. The historical architecture of the neighborhood is seen as a part of the local identity and heritage. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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As Saudi forces entered the town, violence erupted. Activists accuse the Saudi government of excessive force, and of indiscriminate shooting and killing.
(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 3 of 10:  3 / 10As Saudi forces entered the town, violence erupted. Activists accuse the Saudi government of excessive force, and of indiscriminate shooting and killing. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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The graffiti shown here on the bullet-ridden wall reads: 'If you are unable to stop the oppression, then at least tell everyone about it.'

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 4 of 10:  4 / 10The graffiti shown here on the bullet-ridden wall reads: "If you are unable to stop the oppression, then at least tell everyone about it." (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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Saudi has accused activists of terrorism, but the situation on the ground appears to show that government forces are acting with an increasingly heavy hand, even against civilians. 

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 5 of 10:  5 / 10Saudi has accused activists of terrorism, but the situation on the ground appears to show that government forces are acting with an increasingly heavy hand, even against civilians. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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Heavy ammunition apparently made in the US is being used in civilian neighborhoods. 

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 6 of 10:  6 / 10Heavy ammunition apparently made in the US is being used in civilian neighborhoods. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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With services to the city cut off, locals have organised volunteer clean-up groups.

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 7 of 10:  7 / 10With services to the city cut off, locals have organised volunteer clean-up groups. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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But the violence does not appear to have calmed down since the siege began in May.

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 8 of 10:  8 / 10But the violence does not appear to have calmed down since the siege began in May. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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The town resembles a war zone, and should the crackdown and resistance continue, it likely will get much worse.

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 9 of 10:  9 / 10The town resembles a war zone, and should the crackdown and resistance continue, it likely will get much worse. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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Activists and campaigners are calling on the West to demand Saudi stops its actions, but the outlook is bleak.

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)
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Image 10 of 10:  10 / 10Activists and campaigners are calling on the West to demand Saudi stops its actions, but the outlook is bleak. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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The Saudi siege of Al-Awamiya, a Shia-heavy town in the east of the kingdom, began after the regime announced it would demolish a four-century old neighborhood in order to stop 'terrorists' hiding in it. 
(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 1 of 10The Saudi siege of Al-Awamiya, a Shia-heavy town in the east of the kingdom, began after the regime announced it would demolish a four-century old neighborhood in order to stop "terrorists" hiding in it. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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The local population protested the regime's plan, seeing it as yet another oppressive and unnecessarily violent move. The historical architecture of the neighborhood is seen as a part of the local identity and heritage. 
(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 2 of 10The local population protested the regime's plan, seeing it as yet another oppressive and unnecessarily violent move. The historical architecture of the neighborhood is seen as a part of the local identity and heritage. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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As Saudi forces entered the town, violence erupted. Activists accuse the Saudi government of excessive force, and of indiscriminate shooting and killing.
(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 3 of 10As Saudi forces entered the town, violence erupted. Activists accuse the Saudi government of excessive force, and of indiscriminate shooting and killing. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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The graffiti shown here on the bullet-ridden wall reads: 'If you are unable to stop the oppression, then at least tell everyone about it.'

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 4 of 10The graffiti shown here on the bullet-ridden wall reads: "If you are unable to stop the oppression, then at least tell everyone about it." (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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Saudi has accused activists of terrorism, but the situation on the ground appears to show that government forces are acting with an increasingly heavy hand, even against civilians. 

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 5 of 10Saudi has accused activists of terrorism, but the situation on the ground appears to show that government forces are acting with an increasingly heavy hand, even against civilians. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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Heavy ammunition apparently made in the US is being used in civilian neighborhoods. 

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 6 of 10Heavy ammunition apparently made in the US is being used in civilian neighborhoods. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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With services to the city cut off, locals have organised volunteer clean-up groups.

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 7 of 10With services to the city cut off, locals have organised volunteer clean-up groups. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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But the violence does not appear to have calmed down since the siege began in May.

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 8 of 10But the violence does not appear to have calmed down since the siege began in May. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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The town resembles a war zone, and should the crackdown and resistance continue, it likely will get much worse.

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 9 of 10The town resembles a war zone, and should the crackdown and resistance continue, it likely will get much worse. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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Activists and campaigners are calling on the West to demand Saudi stops its actions, but the outlook is bleak.

(Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

Image 10 of 10Activists and campaigners are calling on the West to demand Saudi stops its actions, but the outlook is bleak. (Source: Twitter @AngryQatifi)

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