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"The president reiterated his condemnation of the violence used against peaceful protesters, and strongly urged the government of Bahrain to show restraint, and to hold those responsible for the violence accountable." said a White House statement.
The conversation came just a few hours after Obama issued a written statement saying his administration "condemns the use of violence by governments against peaceful protesters in those countries and wherever else it may occur." The president expressed condolences to victims in Bahrain as well as Libya and Yemen, two other Middle East countries facing unrest in light of the recent uprising in Egypt..
Number of Privately Owned Firearms
The estimated total number of guns held by civilians in Bahrain is 180,0001
Rate of Civilian Firearm Possession
The rate of private gun ownership in Bahrain is 24.82 firearms per 100 people
The Bahraini opposition on Saturday rejected an offer of dialogue from the authorities saying it would join talks only after the Cabinet quits and troops behind a bloody crackdown leave the streets.
The Islamic National Accord Association, which is boycotting Parliament in protest at the army's iron-fisted response to the wave of protests sweeping the small but strategic Gulf kingdom, said 95 people were wounded on Friday, of whom three were "clinically dead".
King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa of Bahrain warned a highly-ranked U.S. official that opposition groups in his country were being trained in Lebanon by Hezbollah, according to a American diplomatic cable exposed by WikiLeaks, The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.
The Bahraini king also implicated Syrian involvement in activities subversive to his autocratic rule, telling U.S. military officials in July 2008 that Syria had provided the aforementioned Bahrainis with fake passports.
The Telegraph also reported on another WikiLeaks cable which revealed that an Iranian official's reference to Bahrain as 'Iran's fourteenth province' was being blamed for discontent among the Shia masses by ruling Sunni minority officials.
If the popular uprising in Egypt gave Washington a real headache, the brutal crackdown on protesters in Bahrain involves even more complicated calculations for the Obama administration.
The US has condemned the use of violence against protesters in Manama but it has chosen its words very carefully so far.
On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: "Bahrain is a friend and an ally and has been for many years and while all governments have a responsibility to provide citizens with security and stability, we call [for] restraint.''
President Barack Obama on Friday again spoke of universal rights, including the right to freedom of assembly, but American national interests hang in the balance, perhaps even more so than with Egypt.
he Qatar-based news channel Al Jazeera said on Friday its signal was being jammed on several frequencies and its website had been blocked in Libya.
Al Jazeera, whose coverage of the political unrest in the Middle East and North Africa is widely watched in the Arab world, reported the jamming on its website where it offered alternative frequencies on the Arabsat, Nilesat and Hot Bird satellites.
Al Jazeera has closely followed events in Libya, Bahrain and Yemen, contacting protesters and government backers by telephone and often using footage of events sent via the Internet.
No Dialogue Deal In Bahrain
The kingdom of Bahrain is another Arab nation experiencing antigovernment protests following the ouster of Tunisian and Egyptian leaders by popular uprisings in recent weeks.
The main Shi'a opposition group has rejected a national dialogue "with all parties" offered by King Hamad Isa al-Khalifa to resolve a crisis. Six people have been killed during violence surrounding the protests in the Gulf nation, which is ruled by a Sunni royal family.
The Wefaq bloc said the government should resign before it will consider any dialogue.
Protesters in Bahrain are demanding greater political rights. At least 50 people were injured on February 18 when a rally was violently suppressed by government forces. The rally took place following the funeral of protesters killed the previous day.
Manama, Bahrain (CNN) -- A convoy of about 40 armored personnel carriers and other military vehicles were seen heading away from Pearl Roundabout in Manama on Saturday --the third convoy seen leaving the focal point of recent protests in 12 hours.
The military redeployment came after an appeal from Bahrain's royal family for a dialogue. That appeal was met by oppositionist demand for the withdrawal of military from the roundabout.
The police and army maintained a diminished presence at the roundabout on Saturday. Earlier in the day, opposition activists said protests will continue on Saturday afternoon.
Protesters in Bahrain fought past riot policemen who sprayed them with tear gas and shot at them with rubber bullets Saturday, retaking a central square and leading the country’s crown prince to say he had ordered the army out of the area. The announcement set off a wave of jubilation among the thousands of protesters in Pearl Square, the heart of the country’s uprising, and added new pressures for shaken governments in Libya and Yemen as they made new moves to stifle uprisings.
MANAMA, Bahrain — Bahrain's Shiite opposition on Saturday rejected any dialogue with the Gulf kingdom's Sunni royal family until "tanks are off the streets" and the army stops "shooting at peaceful protesters."
Khalil al-Marzook, a senior member of Al Wifaq opposition bloc said the "atmosphere for dialogue," led by Bahrain's crown prince "is not right."