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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Local media in Bahrain are reporting that a court has ordered the country's main Shiite opposition group to be dissolved.
The order against Al-Wefaq on Sunday follows an intensified crackdown on dissent in the Sunni-ruled island kingdom, which is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.
Bahraini dailies Al-Ayam and Al-Wasat say the ruling calls for the group's assets to be liquidated and transferred to the state treasury.
Al-Wefaq representatives could not immediately be reached, and government officials did not respond to a request for comment.
Authorities suspended Al-Wefaq's activities last month and have sentenced its secretary-general, Sheikh Ali Salman, to nine years in prison. They have accused the group of having links with groups that support terrorism.