UN rights office concerned at protesters deaths in Bahrain from tear gas

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Bahrain protests

The UN Human Rights office says reports of the deaths of protesters and bystanders in Bahrain from tear gas alone are growing.

Spokesman Rupert Colville says independent human rights groups claim at least 30 people died from tear gas since anti-government protests began a little over a year ago, with 16 of those deaths occurring this year. But he adds, while his office can not confirm this number, they are very concerned.

"Reliable sources indicate that the civilians who died from tear gas suffered complications from gas inhalation, and that security forces have been firing metal tear gas canisters from grenade launchers into crowds. We call on the Government of Bahrain to investigate the alleged use of such excessive force."

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