CNN’s Seven News reported that they were women at the airport, including 13 Australians “was reportedly removed from flights, detained and forced to undergo an ambulance inspection on the tarmac. “
“Reports indicate that the treatment of these women was offensive, extremely inappropriate and beyond the conditions in which women could give free and informed consent,” an Australian government spokeswoman told CNN.
The flight, QR 908 flight to Qatar Airways, to Sydney, landed for a transit stop in Doha, Qatar, on October 2, CNN subsidiary Nine News reported.
Hamad International Airport confirmed that an abandoned newborn baby was found at the airport on October 2, adding that doctors were concerned “about the health and well-being of a mother who had just given birth and asked to be found before departure (the airport).”
“People who had access to the specific area of the airport where the newborn baby was found were asked to help with the query,” the airport said in a statement to CNN.
Airport authorities are still searching for the mother, but the newborn is “safe under the professional care of doctors and social workers”.
Speaking on Monday, Australian Foreign Minister Marisa Payne said “it was not something I have ever heard happen in my life in any context.”
“This is a terrible, very disturbing, offensive, series of events … We have made our views very clear to the Qatari authorities on this issue,” he told a news conference in Canberra.
Payne added that a report has been submitted to the Australian Federal Police (AFP)
In response to CNN, AFP said it was aware of the matter and contacted the State Department and the Commerce Department.
“It would not be advisable to comment further,” an AFP spokesman said.