Bahrain raises alarm over rising violence

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Posted: Jul 28, 2013 9:11 AM
Bahrain raises alarm over rising violence

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's justice minister is calling for stronger measures against escalating anti-government violence. Otherwise, he warns, the nearly 30-month unrest could be prolonged.

Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa's comments came during a special parliament session to discuss mounting violence, which has included bombings against police and near the royal palaces.

The justice minister said Bahrain must first quell "terrorism" before it can discuss reconciliation.

The gathering Sunday also appeared prompted by opposition calls for major protests Aug. 14 inspired by the crowds that helped topple Egypt's President Mohammad Morsi.

Bahrain's majority Shiites have led an uprising for a greater political voice in the Sunni-ruled kingdom, home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

Officials say more than 60 people have died in the unrest, but activists place the figure above 100.