Bahrain: Physicians for Human Rights condemns kidnap of doctors


London, (The Muslim News):

Doctors are disappearing as part of a systematic attack on medical staff, according to Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Physicians For Human Rights (PHR). According to the report, Saudi forces are also involved in the attacks and kidnappings on the doctors.

Many physicians are missing following interrogations by unknown security forces at Salmaniya Medical Complex, Manama.


Although families have tried to contact administration officials, the administration denies any knowledge of their whereabouts.

According to family members, the physicians are being held incommunicado in unknown locations.

One of the armed men with a Saudi accent cursed the patients: “Grave worshippers! Sons of whores! Sons of Muta!” (derogatory references to Shia Muslims). Another armed man in black shouted, “We’re going to hang you. We’re going to kill you.”

“Unfortunately, these incidents aren’t isolated. They seem to be part of a systematic attack on doctors in Bahrain. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals have an ethical duty to prevent and limit suffering of patients in their care and a duty to practice medicine in a neutral way without fear or favour,” said Deputy Director at PHR Richard Sollom.

“PHR calls on the Government of Bahrain to release these medical professionals unharmed in the absence of legitimate charges, or to formally charge them and assure them a fair and impartial trial.”

A partial list of missing or detained medical professionals in Bahrain:

•Younis Ashouri, Director, Muharraq Maternity Hospital

•Mohsin Ashoor, ambulance driver

•Yaser Abdulla, paramedic

•Dr. Ali al-Ekri, pediatric orthopedic surgeon

•Dr. Mahmoud Asghar, pediatric surgeon

•Dr. Ghassan Dhaif, maxillofacial surgeon

•Dr. Bassim Dhaif, orthopedic surgeon

•Hassan Salman Al-Maatouq, nurse

•Dr. Radhi Al-Ekri RELEASED after two days of arrest

•Ghadeer Jassim AlSammak, employee, Salmaniya Hospital

•Nawal Khalil Al-Owainati, Deputy Director of Nursing Services

•Maytham Al-Amir, nurse

•Dr. Abdulkhaleq Aloraibi, rheumatologist

•Sayed Marhoon Alwedaie, Director of Paramedics and Ambulances, Salamanyia Hospital

•Dr. Nader Diwani, pediatrician

•Dr. Nehad Alshirawi, ICU consultant (specialist)

•Dr. Kulood Yaqob Alsayyad, senior pediatric resident

•Dr. Jalila Alaali, endocrinologist

•Roula Alsaffar, Head of Nursing, Salmaniya Hospital

•Khatoon S. Hashem Al-Ghani, dental assistant

•Dr. Nabeel Tammam, ENT surgeon RELEASED

•Dr. Nabeel Hameed, neurosurgeon

•Dr. Arif Rajab, dental surgeon

•Dr. Zahra Alsammak, anesthesia consultant

•Dr. Abdulshaheed Fadhel, plastic surgeon

•Dr. Nada Dhaif, dentist

•Dr. Khulood Alderazi, Chairman, obstetrics & gynecology department

•Dr. Nabeel Alasheeri, pediatrics surgeon

•Dr. Sadiq Abdulla, transplant surgeon

•Ameen Al aswad, paramedic, Salmanyia Medical Complex

•Adnan mohammed Almosawy, ambulance driver, Salmanyia Medical Complex

•Hani Al aswad, ambulance driver, Salmanyia Medical Complex

•Mohammed Abbas, ambulance driver, Salmanyia Medical Complex

•Dr. Nayera Sarhan, consultant, family physician

•Dr. Saeed Al Samahiji, opthamologist

•Dr. Fatima Haji, rheumatologist


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