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Medical News & Perspectives
August 15, 2012

Bahrain Continues Aggressive Action Against Its Health Care System

JAMA. 2012;308(7):655-656. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.9673

In the midst of the Arab Spring uprising that took hold across the Middle East last year, civil unrest erupted in Bahrain, fueled by long-running tensions between Sunni Muslims, who rule this small island kingdom in the Persian Gulf, and the Shia Muslim majority, who are demanding political reform and an end to discrimination against their sect.

The government of Bahrain swiftly responded to the uprising by calling in the military to crush protests by demonstrators. A year and a half later, the government security forces in Bahrain continue to attack protestors with tear gas, bird shot, and other weapons and to abuse civilians seeking medical treatment and the health care personnel who give them care.