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    Subject: Doctors For Iraq Press Release / IRAQI HOSPITALS ATTACKED AND DAMAGED BY US FORCES / Urgent request for help from the west of Iraq 26.6.2005 IRAQI
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2005
      Subject: Doctors For Iraq Press Release / IRAQI HOSPITALS ATTACKED AND DAMAGED BY US FORCES / Urgent request for help from the west of Iraq


      26.6.2005





      IRAQI HOSPITALS ATTACKED AND DAMAGED BY US FORCES



      Urgent request for help from the west of Iraq



      An urgent humanitarian crisis is unfolding in occupied west Iraq. The
      Doctors for Iraq Society is calling on you to act NOW.



      US occupation soldiers have conducted simultaneous military operations
      in cities across the west of Iraq. Between May- June 2005 the heaviest
      of these attacks took place in the cities of Hadeeth and Al Qiem. These
      cities and surrounding villages are home to an estimated 300,000 people.



      Eyewitness and medical personnel in the area have described how US
      soldiers prevented food and medication reaching Hadeetha and Al Qiem and
      targeted the cities two main hospitals, medical staff, and ambulances.



      US soldiers violated the Geneva Convention and international law by
      preventing civilians from accessing healthcare. Eyewitness reported at
      least one patient being shot dead in his bed on a hospital ward. Doctors
      were prevented from assisting patients and civilians in need. A number
      of doctors and medical personnel were killed in the attack and others
      were arrested by US forces in the hospital. They were later released,
      along with the hospital manager who was detained for two days,.



      The huge military operations in the area has caused widespread damage
      and an unknown number of civilians were killed and injured during the
      attack.



      Video footage shot by doctors shows a badly damage medical store in the
      Hadeetha hospital and damaged surgical theatres. The medical store
      contained medicine and equipment for all hospitals and medical centers
      in the west of Iraq. Staff and patients say the damage was carried out
      by ?by violent and barbaric US soldiers?.



      The Doctors for Iraq Society and other Iraqi organisations working in
      the area are asking for urgent assistance from outside Iraq to help
      equip the hospital with medication and other essential supplies.



      Medical staff need basis such as medicines,surgical sets, laundry unit ,
      laboratory equipment and surgical sets.

      Staff and patients also need urgent protection from the ongoing brutal
      actions of US occupation forces who continue to violate international
      law by carrying out attacks on patients and medical staff in Iraq.



      The Doctors for Iraq Society is calling on human rights organizations to
      conduct an urgent investigation into what happened in Hadeetha and Al
      Qiem, and to take testimonies from eyewitnesses and medical staff in the
      area.



      Ends



      For more information contact about the attack and the specific of the
      hospital contact Doctors for Iraq Society at : info@...

      Or / Dr. Salam Ismael at : salam.obaidi@...



      For media enquiries contact

      salam.obaidi@...








      Dr. Salam T. Ismael
      General secretary
      Droctors for Iraq Society
      salam_ismael@...
      salamelobaidi2003@...
      UK Phone : 0044 (0) 2085209489
      UK Mobile : 0044 (0) 7891022381
      Baghdad phone No. : 00964 1 4437512
      Baghdad Mobile : 00964 7901 963 257
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