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Bahraini security forces during a raid, in Diraz, Bahrain, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (AP Photo)

Manama – Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, and Jordan have voiced their support to efforts deployed by Bahraini authorities to preserve the country’s security and stability, in the wake of a targeted security operation in the region of Diraz.

“The security and stability of the brotherly Kingdom of Bahrain is an integral part of the security and stability of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries,” an official source at the Foreign Ministry said, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

The official expressed the Kingdom’s support to the measures undertaken by Bahrain to maintain the safety of its citizens, including the latest security operation in the village of Diraz.

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, received a phone call from his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Al-Safadi, who stressed that the security of both brotherly countries was “inseparable”.

He also expressed support for the measures taken by the security bodies to extend public order, promote civil peace and enforce the law.

Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday it has undertaken a targeted security operation in the village of Diraz.

Security forces were operating on intelligence information about terrorist organizations, which had abducted and tortured innocent civilians.

The ministry said that 48 hours prior to the operation, the interior ministry engaged with community leaders in an attempt to communicate with those responsible in order to resolve the situation peacefully.

Security forces – whilst removing an illegal roadblock in the area – came under direct attack by a large number of assailants using firebombs, knives, and axes. The assailants used illegal roadblocks to protect themselves, the ministry added.

The attack resulted in severe injuries to 31 officers. Security forces arrested 286 individuals during the operation.