A 50-year-old doctor of Indian origin working at the Royal Bahrain Hospital in Bahrain was arrested on Thursday 19, for sharing anti-Palestine posts on social media.
The arrested doctor identified as Dr. Sunil J Rao was terminated from his job before his arrest. He faces charges related to violating civil peace and social stability, which were seen as potentially affecting the security and safety of society.
In a series of posts on social media, Dr Rao supported Israel in the conflict with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
One of his posts read, “IsraelFightsBack will do a scorched earth attack, plenty will be killed, displaced, Hamas will be destroyed (rightly so), then what? If I may ask? #Israel #Gaza #IsraelPalestineConflict. Occupy under military force?”
Dr. Sunil J Rao hails from Karnataka and got his medical degree from Andhra Medical College in Visakhapatnam. He has an MD from Kasturba Medical College in Mangaluru, Karnataka.
After facing backlash for his social media posts, Dr Rao issued an apology, saying, “I would like to apologize for the statement that I posted on this platform. It was insensitive in the context of the current event. As a doctor, all lives matter. I respect this country, its people, and its religion deeply as I have been here for the past 10 years.”