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Bahrain Crackdown: Sheikh Qassim Back in Hospital As His Health Deteriorates

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Supporters said Bahrain's prominent Shiite cleric who has been stripped of his citizenship by the Al Khalifa regime and forced to remain under house arrest in Bahrain has returned to a local hospital for surgery.

Bahraini cleric Shiekh Isa Qassim

Bahrain's al-Wefaq National Islamic Society reported that top cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim will be transferred to the hospital to undergo a surgery as his health condition has been deteriorating more than ten days ago.

Sheikh Isa Qassim left his home in Diraz on Wednesday.

Sheikh Maytham al-Salman of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights said Sheikh Isa will undergo a hernia surgery. Sheikh Isa was in the hospital in December as well.

The cleric could be deported at any time after authorities stripped his citizenship in June 2016 over accusations that he had used his position to serve foreign interests and promote sectarianism and violence. The cleric was also handed a suspended one-year prison term and ordered to pay a fine.

Al-Wefaq said the Bahraini regime stalled in setting a date for the surgery, adding that during the period of procrastination, a session at the Court of Cassation was held and put the Shiite presence on trial.

Earlier on Monday, Sheikh Qassim has had his 1-year suspended prison sentence upheld by Manama's Cassation Court.

The court also upheld a June 2016 ruling that stripped the senior cleric of his Bahraini citizenship.

Bahrain's Sunni rulers are cracking down on all dissent on the Shiite-majority Island, imprisoning or forcing politicians and activists into exile.

Bahrain is a staunch ally to the US as it is the home to the US Navy's 5th Fleet.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

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