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2017 Qatif unrest
Part of the Qatif conflict
Date12 May 2017[1] – present
(3 years, 6 months, 2 weeks and 3 days)
LocationQatif and Awamiya, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia
Result Ongoing:
Belligerents
 Saudi Arabia Shia militants
Casualties and losses
12 killed in combat (Saudi claim) 5 killed (activists' claim)
20 civilians killed (Activists claim)
Total 12–37 casualties.[2]
Thousands displaced[3]


The 2017 Qatif unrest is a conflict in the Qatif region (within Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia) between the Saudi government and the Shia militants. It started in begin May 2017 after an incident on 12 May when a child and a Pakistani young man were shot and killed.[4]

Background[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 12 May 2017 – Saudi soldiers shot and killed a two-and-a-half year old child, and a young man in the town of Awamiyah.[5] Lebanon's al-Ahed news claimed that also the mother of the two-and-a-half year old child was critically injured. However the Saudi government claimed that terorists are responsible for the incident.[6]
  • 16 May 2017 – A Saudi soldier was killed and five more were wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade, in a district of al-Awamiya in operations to counter the militants.[7]
  • 1 June 2017 – Two people were killed in a car explosion in Al-Qatif, Saudi Arabia just before Maghrib prayers. Three men involved in the attack managed to escape and are currently being hunted by security officers in the area.[8]
  • 11 June – One soldier was killed and two wounded after a bomb attack in the town of Al-Awamiyah.[9]
  • 4 July – A Saudi policeman was killed and three others injured by an explosive device in a flashpoint Shiite-dominated city.[10]
  • 6 July – A Saudi policeman was killed and six others injured by an explosive device exploded next to a police patrol in the village of Al-Awamiyah near Al-Qatif.[11]
  • 14 July – A Saudi soldier was killed and another was wounded in a shooting attack on their patrol vehicle in the kingdom's Qatif province.[12]
  • 30 July – A Saudi police officer was killed and six others wounded when a patrol came under attack in the town of Awamiya in eastern Saudi Arabia.[13]
  • 3 August – A Saudi citizen was killed and another injured during an operation to secure families wishing to leave Awamiya, after an armed attack by terrorists on a bus.[14]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Saudi police officer killed in restive Eastern Province". 16 May 2017. http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/05/16/522126/Saudi-police-officer-killed-Awamiyah-Qatif. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  2. "Awamiya: Inside Saudi Shia town devastated by demolitions and fighting". 16 August 2017. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40937581. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  3. "Unrest in Saudi Arabia town displaces thousands". 13 August 2017. http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/08/saudi-arabia-unrest-forces-thousands-homes-170813142459213.html. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  4. "Two, including infant, killed after ‘terror shootout’ in Saudi Arabia’s Qatif". 12 May 2017. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/05/12/-Saudi-Two-killed-after-terror-shoot-out-in-Qutaif.html. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  5. "Saudi soldier killed as eastern province unrest continues". 16 May 2017. https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2017/5/16/saudi-soldier-killed-as-eastern-province-unrest-continues. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  6. "Pakistani worker, Saudi minor killed in Qatif terror attack". 13 May 2017. http://dunyanews.tv/en/World/388163-Pakistani-worker-Saudi-minor-killed-in-Qatif-terr. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  7. "Saudi soldier killed five wounded in restive Qatif province". 16 May 2017. https://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Saudi-soldier-killed-five-wounded-in-restive-Qatif-province-490907. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  8. "Car filled with explosives rocks Qatif in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province". 1 June 2017. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/06/01/Car-bombing-hits-Qatif-in-Saudi-Arabia-s-eastern-province.html. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  9. "Saudi Arabia soldier killed in Qatif bomb blast". 12 June 2017. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/saudi-arabia-soldier-killed-qatif-bomb-blast-170612051647299.html. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  10. "Saudi Policeman Killed by Explosive Device". 4 July 2017. http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/232392-saudi-policeman-killed-by-explosive-device. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  11. "Saudi policeman killed, 6 wounded in Qatif bomb attack". 6 July 2017. http://www.arabnews.com/node/1125486/saudi-arabia. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  12. "Saudi soldier killed, another wounded in restive Qatif province". 14 July 2017. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-security-idUSKBN19Z1GU. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  13. "Policeman killed, six wounded in eastern Saudi Arabia attack | News , Middle East". 30 July 2017. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Jul-30/414484-policeman-killed-six-wounded-in-eastern-saudi-arabia-attack.ashx. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  14. "Saudi man killed, another wounded in Awamiya terrorist attack". 3 August 2017. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2017/08/03/Saudi-man-killed-another-wounded-by-a-terrorist-attack-in-Awamiyah.html. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 

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