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Bahraini forces harass female doctors

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“A lot of female doctors have been harassed sexually or on sectarian basis by masked forces,” Rajab told .

He described the humanitarian situation in Bahrain as critical, saying those who have been injured during the protests have to be treated at homes, because the hospitals are under tight security control.

Even the patients who have normal diseases cannot be easily taken to hospitals, Rajab added.

On Wednesday, the Human Rights Watch accused Bahraini forces of using violence against people who had already received injuries during earlier attacks.

The rights body said it had documented several cases in which the forces had “severely harassed or beaten” patients under medical care in the country’s Salmaniya hospital.

According to unconfirmed reports, over 420 people have been arrested during ongoing protests in the kingdom, Rajab said.

The Bahraini protesters continue to demand the ouster of the Al Khalifa monarchy as well as constitutional reforms.

At least 25 people have been killed and about 1,000 others injured during the government-sanctioned crackdowns on peaceful demonstrators.

Joined recently by police units and troops from Saudi and the United Arab Emirates, Bahraini government forces have launched a deadly crackdown on the popular revolution that began to sweep the Persian Gulf island on February 14.

The Saudi-backed forces have recently been sighted while destroying religious and historical monuments of the Muslim Persian Gulf state. Agencies

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