A member of Saudi Special Forces holds his weapon as he walks in the town of Awamiya following a security campaign against Shi'ite Muslim gunmen, in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia August 9, 2017. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
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Saudi authorities have retaken control of a district in the kingdom's east following months of unrest and a police crackdown, according to witnesses, a minister and local media.The Al-Masoura district, which lies in the eastern town of Awamiya, has seen clashes between security forces and men the authorities have labelled as "terrorist elements". An Interior Ministry representative said the old quarter had been empty except for "terrorists" for the past six months, but the security forces had to wait until families left adjacent areas before they could begin their final push.The authorities say they compensated residents who have had to leave.
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