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UN warns Bahrain on international law

The United Nations has warned Bahrain that its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters might be breaking international law.

See Al-Jazeera’s report here.

Bahrain’s security forces have fired on pro-democracy protestors and are reported to be preventing doctors from treating the injured.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called King Hamad on Thursday to express his "deepest concern" about Bahrain's use of force,

On Wednesday US President Obama called King Hamad and Saudi King to also express “deep concern” and urge “maximum restraint.”

UN rights chief Navi Pillay said any takeover by the security forces of hospitals and medical facilities was a "blatant violation of international law... This is shocking and illegal conduct".

Saudi Arabia and UAE have sent troops to support Bahrain’s forces. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has criticised the military intervention as “alarming.”

However, the US has not declared support for Bahrain's protestors.

The headquarters of the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet is located in Bahrain.

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