Mauritania reopens Brotherhood-run clinic

The Al-Nour clinic was raided and shut down by Mauritanian authorities on Friday and one of its workers was arrested.

Mauritania reopens Brotherhood-run clinic

World Bulletin / News Desk

Mauritanian authorities on Saturday reversed a decision to close a Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated clinic in the capital Nouakchott.

"Authorities have told us that the clinic can resume its operations," Ould Abu Mohamed, the head of Al-Nour clinic, told Anadolu Agency.

The Al-Nour clinic was raided and shut down by Mauritanian authorities on Friday and one of its workers was arrested.

Abu Mohamed said that his clinic offers medical services to thousands of Mauritanians and at affordable prices.

"The clinic is under a regular supervision by the Health Ministry," he said. "It also submits financial and administrative reports about its work."

On Friday, Mauritanian authorities shut down a Brotherhood-run religious center and seized its contents in a move attributed by observers to a recent regional escalation against the decades-old Islamist group.

Friday's raids were part of an official campaign against the "Future" charity group, which is led by the Brotherhood-affiliated Sheikh Mohamed Hassan, who also serves as deputy head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars.

Mauritanian authorities have recently launched a nationwide campaign against Brotherhood-run offices.

Observers in Mauritania link the campaign against the Islamist group to thawed relations with fellow Arab League members Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Both countries have been waging a regional campaign to criminalize the Brotherhood since last year's ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president and a Brotherhood leader – by the army.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia declared the Brotherhood a "terrorist" organization.

The announcement came 48 hours after Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain withdrew their respective ambassadors from Qatar over the latter's perceived support for the Brotherhood.

The Mauritanian government has been concerned with the rise of Islamists to power in the region since the outset of the so-called Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.

In its electoral campaign, Mauritania's ruling Union for the Republic party – which secured a majority in parliamentary polls last November – warned against revolutionary unrest spreading into the country.

The Brotherhood's local political arm, the Tawasol Party, currently leads the opposition bloc in Mauritania's parliament.

Last Mod: 08 Mart 2014, 13:57
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