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Security forces target Bahrain medics - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Security forces target Bahrain medics - Middle East - Al Jazeera EnglishAn Al Jazeera investigation has found evidence that Bahrain's security forces are torturing medical workers to force criminal confessions.

Since pro-democracy protests erupted in the Gulf kingdom in February, doctors and nurses have been targeted, with hundreds facing arrest, Charles Stratford reports in this Al Jazeera exclusive.

The government of Bahrain deployed security forces onto the streets on March 14 in an attempt to quell more than four weeks of protests.

Medics working to save the lives of hundreds of wounded demonstrators were among those threatened and arrested.

Forty-seven health workers, 24 doctors and 23 nurses, have been charged since protests began, while 150 more are reportedly under investigation by the government.

Some medics reported being taken from their homes by armed masked men.