Friday, April 08, 2011

Bahrain Hospitals 'Militarized, Deserted'

An international medical and humanitarian organization says Bahrain has militarized the kingdom's hospitals in an effort to deter the popular revolution against the ruling monarchy.

On Thursday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) confirmed earlier reports that Manama-paid forces would swoop on the country's medical centers soon after injured patients trust medical authorities with their identification and inform them that their injuries are protest-related.

"Health facilities are used as bait to identify and arrest those who seek treatment," said medical coordinator for the MSF Latifa Ayada, AFP reported.

"Wounds, especially those inflicted by distinctive police and military gunfire are used to identify people for arrest, and the denial of medical care is being used by Bahraini authorities to deter people from protesting," she added.'


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