Clashes erupted overnight in the town of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia between demonstrators and security forces what led to the martyrdom of two protestersSayyed Akbar Al-Shakhouri and Mohammad Filfel were martyred and a dozen other were wounded during the clashes that erupted when police opened fire to disperse a demonstration against the arrest of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Security forces set up an ambush for the Imam of Awamiya mosque Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. He was seriously injured after being shot as he returned to his home, and there were reports that his health is at risk
The reported deaths come after Amnesty International said in May that seven people had been killed and a number of others injured in clashes between the authorities and protesters in the country since November.
Nimr's arrest came 10 days after he had said he was confident that his arrest or killing would be a "motivation" for protests to reignite in the Eastern Province, during a speech at a mosque in Al-Awamiya.
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