Bahrain: Two Deaths Due to Tear Gas Inhalation on the 1st Feb 2012
2 Feb 2012
Zahra Ali Alhawaj, 69 years old, Noaim, Date of Death: 1 Feb 2012
According to her family she was exposed to tear gas multiple times. The last was on 12 Jan 2012 and her health deteriorated immediately following tear gas inhalation as her home area in Noaim (close to capital Manama) was tear-gassed. She was admitted to hospital ICU in the same night where she stayed without any improvement to her health. She suffered inflammation of the lungs. She didn’t suffer of any illness before. His death was announced on early hours of 1 Feb 2012.
Abdali Ali Mohd 58 yrs old, Maamer, Date of dath: 1-Feb-2012
His son testimony: " my father was healthy, he took such good care of himself, there was nothing wrong with him. First they killed my uncle, my uncle suffocated because of tear gas too. They keep attacking our house with teargas, I have children, I see them suffocating everytime they attack. I went to the police to make a complaint, they said I wasn't allowed. I insisted, I will not leave, even if u arrest me. Finally they wrote a complaint, and I still have copy of that complaint, but after that they targeted our house more. Besides shooting teargas at our house the also started smashing our car windows.
The past few weeks my father has been working on sealing all the windows and doors, afraid for our children. This past Thursday [27 Jan 2012] they shot tear gas into the garage, my mother afraid the kids were outside, opened the door. There was so much teargas our neighbors took pictures, they said our house looked like its in the middle of a cloud. We had to put an oxygen mask on my mother, after hours my father called and said he was vomiting. When we went to my father we saw him lying on the ground, he was not moving, he looked paralyzed. When we took him to hospital they told us he needed oxygen, he suffered from lack of oxygen. The head of our family was my uncle & they killed him, now for a few months it was my dad, now they killed him too."