Middle East

Clashes at Bahraini teenager's funeral after protests erupt

  • A Bahraini woman photographs riot police approaching as anti-government protesters clash with riot police firing tear gas after the funeral of an 18-year-old wanted youth in the western village of Shahrakan, Bahrain, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Thousands of Bahrainis marched in the politically charged funeral procession for Ali Abdulghani, who died of severe injuries sustained while fleeing arrest. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    A Bahraini woman photographs riot police approaching as anti-government protesters clash with riot police firing tear gas after the funeral of an 18-year-old wanted youth in the western village of Shahrakan, Bahrain, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Thousands of Bahrainis marched in the politically charged funeral procession for Ali Abdulghani, who died of severe injuries sustained while fleeing arrest. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

  • Riot policemen watch clashes between police and Bahraini anti-government protesters after the funeral of an 18-year-old youth in the western village of Shahrakan, Bahrain, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Thousands of Bahrainis marched in the politically charged funeral procession for Ali Abdulghani, who died of severe injuries sustained while fleeing arrest. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Riot policemen watch clashes between police and Bahraini anti-government protesters after the funeral of an 18-year-old youth in the western village of Shahrakan, Bahrain, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Thousands of Bahrainis marched in the politically charged funeral procession for Ali Abdulghani, who died of severe injuries sustained while fleeing arrest. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Bahraini woman cries during the funeral of an 18-year-old youth in the western village of Shahrakan, Bahrain, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Thousands of Bahrainis marched in the politically charged funeral procession for Ali Abdulghani, who died of severe injuries sustained while fleeing arrest, and clashes between police and protesters erupted afterward. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    A Bahraini woman cries during the funeral of an 18-year-old youth in the western village of Shahrakan, Bahrain, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Thousands of Bahrainis marched in the politically charged funeral procession for Ali Abdulghani, who died of severe injuries sustained while fleeing arrest, and clashes between police and protesters erupted afterward. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)  (The Associated Press)

Security forces in Bahrain have fired tear gas and clashed with protesters who were taking part in the funeral of a 17-year-old who died while fleeing police a few days earlier.

The death of Ali Abdulghani has touched a nerve among Bahrain's majority Shiites, who since 2011 have been protesting for greater rights from the Sunni-ruled monarchy. The funeral took place Tuesday in the area of Shahrakan, located southwest of the capital Manama.

The Interior Ministry says Abdulghani sustained a head injury when he fell from a building while trying to flee police on Thursday. Abdulgahni had been wanted by police to serve a five-year prison sentence for taking part in unauthorized protests.

The main al-Wefaq opposition group is demanding an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.