Bahrain king settles row over fishing rights


King Hamad ordered the removal of a series of nets set up by his cousin in coastal waters which prevented access for village fisherman, senior local government offical Yousef AlBoori said.

"The problem has now ended with the intervention of the king," Boori added.

Residents of Al Malakiya village, south of the capital Manama, had attempted to remove the nets themselves, prompting clashes with police.

"The fisheries department refused to renew the licence for the nets, but then failed to remove them. The residents of the village then became angry and impatient and attempted to remove them themselves," Boori said.

He said he was informed of the Royal Directive in a telephone conversation with the king’s son, Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad, who is in London with his father.



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