Eyewitness: Carnage in Bahrain as the Military Opens Fire
…At the nearby Salmaniya hospital was a scene of mayhem. As we arrived, we were grabbed by orderlies and rushed into emergency rooms to see people on gurneys. “Put this in your newspaper,” they said. “Write about how the government is killing our citizens.” Scores of doctors and nurses took us around, showing us the wounded, the burned. Furious and frightened, they had gathered earlier that day at the hospital to protest against the Health Minister, who had refused to allow ambulances to enter the site of an earlier attack on the square. Now they were back to work, taking care of the freshly wounded.
“This is a battlefield,” says Dr. Umm Haicham, who asked to be named by her honorific rather than her name because she no longer trusts her government. “No one wants to see this. This is an overreaction. The protesters want simple things. They are asking for what the King has already offered.”