Bahrain admits raid on international medical group

Bahrain said Medecins Sans Frontieres was operating without permission in the Gulf Kingdom.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2011, 15:15 PM IST

Dubai: Bahrain says its police raided the offices used by Medecins Sans Frontieres because the group was operating without permission in the Gulf Kingdom.

The statement follows a condemnation by the aid group over the storming of its offices on July 28.

Bahrain`s Ministry of Health said in a statement released on Thursday that police searched the group`s medical centre and arrested an employee who was later charged with offenses including providing medical services without a license.

MSF, also known by its English name Doctors Without Borders, on Wednesday said armed Bahraini forces "violently raided" its offices in the capital Manama.

MSF said they damaged property, confiscated all medical supplies and arrested volunteer Saeed Mahdi.

Bureau Report