Claims arise that Bahraini protesters took drugs to simulate nerve gas attack

It has been claimed that anti-government protesters in Bahrain allegedly stole and administered drugs from a local hospital in order to fabricate the effects of nerve gas, which they claimed were excessively used against them by police.  

The suspicion comes in the wake of a month long siege that has seen protesters block off major highways and  government facilities, including the Salmaniya Medical Complex, reports.

More than 5,000 vials of drugs and other medicines were reportedly taken from the Salmaniya Medical Complex so protesters could take them and claim that a chemical agent was being used by Bahrain's security forces, according to

Health Ministry Arab Board Training Coordinator Dr. Nabeel Ansari said that individuals purposefully used the drugs to simulate the symptoms of caustic agents typically used by law enforcement.

Atropine, the drug taken be the protesters, is "used to treat poisoning from chemical agents like pesticides and insecticides and dries up the skin and eyelids become dilated," Ansari said, reports. "This typically looks like the patient has been exposed to nerve gas."

According to Ansari and other senior doctors, the medical heist is believed to be a part of a campaign focused on sending distorted information about the protesting efforts in Bahrain to the international media.