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Irish delegation to Manama attacked by Bahrain Medical Society chairman

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A chairman for the Bahrain Medical Society (BMS) has criticized an Irish delegation that traveled to Manama to demand the release of Bahraini doctors, saying that the group is supporting "traitors."

Dr Nabeel Al Ansari has harshly attacked the group on his Twitter account. According to the Gulf Daily News, he has accusing them of refusing to officially meet members of the society to get a balanced view of what happened during the unrest and of having an "agenda."

"Irish group came to Bahrain supporting traitors," posted Dr Al Ansari.

He claims to be in the possession of phone records showing how many times officials tried to contact the delegation, but were ignored.

Dr Al Ansari also claims that he was present at a meeting between a top Foreign Ministry official and the delegation, but says the Irish group refused to directly meet the society.

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He also questioned the delegation's involvement with the human rights organization Front Line, which is believed to be linked to Abdulhadi Al Khawajah, who was jailed last month for being part of a plan to overthrow Bahrain's monarchy and having links to a foreign terrorist organization.

"This Irish group support sectarian organizations," posted Dr Al Ansari, who launched the attack came after a press conference called by the delegation at the Ramada Palace Hotel on Thursday ended early  after Bahraini doctors showed up to heckle delegation members and accuse them of ignoring the criminal actions of medical staff during the unrest.

At least two patients died during the height of the unrest when anti-government protesters hijacked control of medical services at Salmaniya Medical Complex, commandeered ambulances, blocked roads and set up illegal checkpoints, says the Gulf Daily News.

Allegedly, medical staff also administered drugs to make it seem that patients had been attacked with nerve gas, denied medical services to expatriates on racial grounds and illegally detained other health staff and patients.

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