United Nations humanitarian chief expresses grave concern about violence in Bahrain
"While we cannot independently clarify or confirm the information coming from Bahrain, the widespread reports of deaths and ill-treatment of protesters, and of injured people being prevented from reaching hospitals or being removed from medical facilities, occupation of medical facilities by security forces, and of medical staff being attacked, are extremely alarming."
Ms. Amos calls upon the authorities to refrain from excessive use of force, and to respect medical facilities and ensure the treatment of wounded persons.
New York, 17 March 2011
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