A young man was killed and six was injured late Thursday night, December 27, 2012, in the oil- rich Shiite Qatif region, east of Saudi Arabia.
“Around 12:00 a.m. of Thursday night, December 27, 2012, a security patrol, while carrying its regular tasks on AlJazeera Street in Qatif region, spotted a number of riot-instigators burning tires in front of the police station” stated spokesman of Eastern Province Police; Ziyad AlRuqaiti.
Confrontation with police resulted in killing a young man, Ahmad Al Matar (18 years old) from Tarout, in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and injuring six other people.
On the other hand, sources from Al Matar family contradicted the official statement, and confirmed that Ahmad has never been involved in such activities. They indicated that they went to the Police Department in Dammam at which they were insulted, inspected and dismissed without being provided any type of information about their son.
They, also, reported that Ahmad Al Matar was shot in his leg, and remained bleeding for a while in the police vehicle till he was taken to the Armed Forces Hospital in Dhahran where he died before getting the necessary medical care.
Moreover, a clip on YouTube was circulated showing photos of the place where Ahmad got shot, dragged to the police vehicle and stains of blood on the ground.
Till now, fifteen people were killed in clashes and peaceful protests by the Security forces in Qatif since last year. Shiites, there, are demanding their basic rights; release of prisoners of conscience and political detainees, equal opportunities of jobs and education, and freedom of religion and expression.