MANAMA, Bahrain-- Bahrain's Health Ministry says a woman who was seriously hurt during a recent anti-government protest in the Gulf kingdom has died of her injuries.

statement says the 27-year-old woman sustained head injuries during "rioting" last month in a Shiite village near the capital Manama. She died in a hospital early Wednesday.

Bahraini rights groups say she was fatally injured in the head by a metal rod during a November protest and that security forces are responsible for her death.

More than 35 people have died in clashes and protest-related violence since February when the Shiite majority started campaigning for greater rights in the Sunni-ruled Bahrain.

The strategically important island is the home of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.