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Bahrain severs diplomatic ties with Iran

Bahraini protesters run as police approach near the end of a march denouncing the execution of Saudi Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. (AP)
Bahraini protesters run as police approach near the end of a march denouncing the execution of Saudi Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. (AP)

Bahrain is severing diplomatic ties with Iran, according to a government minister from the island kingdom.

Bahrain's minister of media affairs Isa al-Hamadi made the announcement amid heightened tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Iran is frequently accused by Bahrain of being behind the long-running, low-level insurgency in the country since its majority Shiite population began protests in 2011 against Bahrain's Sunni rulers.

Saudi Arabia is also severing diplomatic ties with Iran following the execution of prominent opposition Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and attacks on its diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic.

Bahrain and Sudan have joined Saudi Arabia in severing relations with Iran, and the UAE has downgraded its diplomatic team after the Saudi embassy in Tehran was attacked amid a row over the execution of a Shia Muslim cleric. Graphic shows estimated populations of Shia and Sunni Muslims in the Middle East, and countries with sectarian tensions.
Bahrain and Sudan have joined Saudi Arabia in severing relations with Iran, and the UAE has downgraded its diplomatic team after the Saudi embassy in Tehran was attacked amid a row over the execution of a Shia Muslim cleric. Graphic shows estimated populations of Shia and Sunni Muslims in the Middle East, and countries with sectarian tensions.

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