Sunday, July 31, 2011


The Bahraini authorities routinely arrest any demonstrators who attend the state-run hospitals for treatment of injuries caused by the security forces. So the wounded demonstrators kept away from hospital and have remained untreated until Médecins Sans Frontières opened a clinic. On July 27 Hassan Al-Eskafi turned up at the clinic with a severe injury to his head after being attacked by riot police with a canister -possibly teargas - while taking part in a peaceful protest. MSF called an ambulance, al-Eskafi's injuries being too severe for their resources, and the patient was taken to the hospital. The following day, security forces raided the MSF clinic, seized medication, and arrested local staff member Saeed Ayad. Mr Ayad was charged with opening of an unlicensed clinic, aiding an injured defendant escape,false reporting of an incident.

(Source of information withheld, for their protection. See also latest report on Bahrain from International Crisis Group,

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