TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Al Khalifa regime, in yet another attempt to silence voices of dissent, attacked inmates kept in Bahrain’s notorious Jaw prison, who had begun a mass hunger strike against detention conditions, local reports said on Sunday.

The regime forces raided one of the buildings of the Jaw prison and battered political prisoners there, according to the Arabic-language Lualua TV network.

The attack came as the prisoners began a mass hunger strike on Saturday in protest at the appalling conditions of the prison.

About 4,000 inmates in Jaw Prison are facing mistreatment and deprivation of the most basic rights, the prisoners said in a message addressed to the Bahraini people back in July.

In the message, the inmates also called on the people of the Persian Gulf country to take action to save them from the ongoing oppression.

Bahrain, a close ally of the US in the Persian Gulf region, has been witnessing almost daily protests against the ruling Al Khalifa dynasty since early 2011, with Manama using heavy-handed measures in an attempt to crush the demonstrations.

Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds of others injured and arrested in the ongoing crackdown on the peaceful demonstrations.

Amnesty International and many other international rights organizations have frequently censured the Bahraini regime for the rampant human rights abuses against opposition groups and anti-regime protesters.