Family: Protester dies during rally in Bahrain

November 19, 2011 - 5:20 AM
APTOPIX Mideast Bahrain

A Bahraini woman carrying a national flag is seen gesturing behind a Bahraini flag during an anti-government rally Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, in A'ali, Bahrain. Thousands of Shiite-led protesters calling for greater rights streamed into the area outside the capital of Manama in one of the largest demonstrations in weeks against the Gulf kingdom's rulers. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Hundreds of mourners are gathering in Bahrain for the funeral of a protester, who his family say died as police were dispersing Shiite demonstrators rallying against Sunni rulers near an American naval base.

The protester's uncle says his 16-year-old nephew, Ali Youssef Bagdar, died after a police vehicle ran over him during a demonstration early Saturday in Juffair area of the capital Manama.

A report by the state-run Bahrain News Agency says a police vehicle skidded into a group of "rioters" due to an oil spill on the road, killing the boy.

More than 30 people have died since February, when Bahrain's Shiite majority started campaigning for greater rights in the Gulf kingdom, the home of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.