MANAMA, Bahrain – More than 200 young demonstrators pelted the the high walls surrounding the U.S. Embassy compound in Bahrain (search) with stones Wednesday, shouting "Death to America and Israel (search)," then scattered when riot police came at them with batons and tear gas.
The youths regrouped and were joined by students from nearby boys' schools.
Many shouted "Death to America and Israel" as they ran toward the walls — able only to get within about 200 feet before being blocked by concrete barriers surround the embassy — and launched their rocks. There was no damage; the rocks harmlessly bounced off or fell short of the walls.
There were no immediate casualties from the clashes with riot police, though some young demonstrators were rubbing their eyes from the tear gas. No arrests were made as the youths charged off well ahead of the police, then circled back to take another run with fresh hands full of stones.
Embassy officials could not immediately be reached for comment.