By Sarah Townsend
Recent attacks by ISIL on neighbouring Gulf states have prompted Bahrain to increase national security
Bahrain’s government is considering supplying extra funds to step up policing across the kingdom, following recent attacks by ISIL in nearby Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
MPs finally approved the budget for 2015 and 2016 this week, but according to a report in Gulf Daily News on Wednesday, additional financing could be sanctioned for Bahrain’s police force in response to heightened fears over national security.
The country has already reportedly installed CCTV cameras at mosques, after deadly attacks by militant Islamists killed more than 50 people in total at Shiite mosques in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait last month.
Bahrain also announced last week that mosques will be closed after each prayer session so caretakers can search them for suspicious objects.
A financial study is now being undertaken by parliament to assess what additional funds could be made available for Bahrain’s police force, Gulf Daily News said.
Jamal Buhassan, acting chairman of the foreign affairs, defence and national security committee was quoted as saying: “When the Interior Ministry’s budget was drawn up, [ISIL] was that major threat, but now more measures are needed to ensure peace and stability.
“That’s additional costs since it involves hiring more policemen, others working extra hours and acquiring new weapons and detectors.”
He added: “We will meet parliament’s financial and economic affairs committee to get an additional emergency budget for the ministry, considering that whatever is allocated for it for this year and the next will be spent faster than expected.”