Daily Archives: June 24, 2012

Update on Ali Mohammed Almuwali, shot by security forces in Bahrain protest

We transmit the sad news that Bahraini citizen Ali Mohammed Almuwali remains hospitalized and in critical condition with a fractured skull after being shot at close range by Bahrain security forces while attending a peaceful demonstration on Friday, June 22, 2012.

Almuwali, who is 27 years old and a father, has undergone two surgeries and sustained brain damage.  His hospital room is under tight security, and even his family were initially prohibited from seeing him.

Video below portrays the unprovoked attack.  Bahrain has rationalized the actions of their security forces, saying it was necessary to prevent “traffic congestion.”

The youngest victims of tear gas in Bahrain – the babies and the unborn

Photo credit: Hasan Jamali, Associated Press. Bahraini anti-government protesters demonstrate Thursday, June 21, in Diraz, Bahrain. Riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the demonstrations against alleged deaths of infants and miscarriages blamed on excessive tear gas. Arabic on the sign reads: “For what crime have they been killed?”

Excessive exposure to tear gas has been demonstrated to cause miscarriage in pregnancy, and infants are particularly susceptible to the side effects of tear gas, which can be fatal in instances.  Unfortunately, in Bahrain, many families have lost their young and unborn babies through exposure to tear gas.

On Thursday, June 21, a demonstration was held in Bahrain to bring attention to this tragic development.  However, the demonstration was not met with sympathy.  The protesters were fired on with tear gas and stun grenades.  During the clash, even two press photographers, one from Associated Press, were temporarily detained by riot police.

For the past two years, tear gas has been used against Bahrainis in a number of ways — much of it indiscriminate and excessive.  It has been used against protesters, fired into neighborhoods, and even propelled directly into homes.  The BICI report stated that Bahrain’s police used a disproportionate amount of CS gas when dispersing protests, and that in a number of situations, police fired CS gas into private homes in an “unnecessary and indiscriminate” manner.

Physicians for Human Rights has also chronicled the use — or should we say, the misuse, of tear gas — and resulting fatalities.  Many deaths have resulted from inhalation, or through injuries sustained by being struck by the projectiles.

Although the Kingdom has pledged to pursue the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission, very little in the way of true reform has taken place, and the use of excessive tear gas continues unabated.

We’ve been provided with a list of names of infants and unborn children by ea_as on Twitter, and list them here.

We mourn their passing, and we send wishes of sympathy to their families.

Fadak Mushaima from Al Dihe

Hawra Mohamed from Sanabis

Fatima Al Samie from jidhafs

Ali Badah (he was named like his martyr brother Ali Badah, from Sitra)

Hussein Sabeel from Sitra

Sajida Jawad from Al blad Al qadeem

Yahya Youssef from RAS Rumman

Fatima Abbas from Adarei

Batool Mohammed from Sanad

Hadil Mohamed from Sarr

Yasser Mehdi from Karrana

Reda Hani from Almaamer

Sayed Hussein Sayed Ahmed from Sanabis

If you have updates or corrections to this list, please let us know.

The Bahrain Coordinating Committee deplores the use of tear gas by government forces against the residents of Bahrain, and joins international human rights organizations in calling for its immediate cessation.