The United States said Friday it was partially resuming sales of military supplies to Gulf Arab ally Bahrain after having frozen most shipments last year amid a bloody crackdown on protests.

But in a nod to concerns over ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said “the items that we are releasing are not used for crowd control.”

Tear gas and stun grenades were excluded from the sales, according to US officials. […]