A four-year-old boy was reportedly injured after clashes erupted on Wednesday between pro-democracy protesters and Bahraini police in the capital of Manama.
According to activists the young Ahmed Nasser al Neham suffered birdshot injuries to his eye. The little boy's father was also reportedly injured. Both victims were rushed to hospital. A video showing police force carrying the injured child was uploaded on Youtube.
The exact circumstances of the shooting are not clear. The father and the son were reportedly selling fish on the streets at the time of the incident. Pictures posted by activists on the micro-blogging site Twitter show a freezer covered with blood and fish scattered on the floor.
Police forces were deployed ahead of the demonstration in Manama market place, where protesters had planned to gather. Activists say several demonstrators, including a teenager, were arrested because they refused to leave.
Bahrain, which is ruled by a Sunni Muslim monarchy and hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet, has been in turmoil since activists mainly from the majority Shi'ite community began protests in February 2011, inspired by successful uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
More than a year later, unrest persists with weekly mass rallies by opposition parties and clashes between youth activists and riot police.
Photos via @angryarabiya