Bahrain Violence Prompts Oil Firm to Remove Workers

Mar 18, 2011, 13:13

Bahrain conflicts are beginning to impact large oil businesses on the island nation. Foreign non-essential workers were pulled out of Bahrain to the United Arab Emirates amid political violence in the country, said oil trader Vitol.

Independent oil trader Vitol Group said foreign workers were moved to the company's offices in Dubai amid a crackdown on Shiite protesters by the minority Sunni government, a spokesman told Bloomberg News.

An official answering calls to the Bahraini offices of Vitol told Bloomberg he was a citizen of the island nation.

Bahrain aims to produce around 100,000 barrels of oil per day by 2017, according to figures published by London's The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

King Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa declared a three-month state of emergency Tuesday and 2,000 troops from the Gulf Cooperation Council were deployed to help Bahraini forces tackle growing unrest.

At least six people were killed during Wednesday's violence and security forces were reported to have taken over hospitals and medical centers in the country.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the government reaction to demonstrations in the country was "shocking and illegal."

Source: UPI