The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has registered “serious concerns” with Qatar after women were pulled off a flight to Sydney and subjected to invasive medical examinations following the alleged discovery of a deceased baby foetus in an airport bathroom.
Qatar Airways flight QR908 to Sydney was due to leave Hamad International Airport in the Qatar capital of Doha on October 2, but the flight was reportedly delayed for four hours.
In a bombshell revelation on Sunday, 7 News reported that women at the airport, including 13 Australians, were pulled off flights and forced to undergo “invasive” medical examinations in that time.
7 News reported some of those examinations took place in an ambulance on the tarmac.
The women were reportedly forced to remove their underwear, before having their genitalia “invasively examined”, without their consent and without being told the reason why.
A DFAT statement to media said the department has been promised more information.
“We have formally registered our serious concerns regarding the incident with Qatari authorities and have been assured that detailed and transparent information on the event will be provided soon.”