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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
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
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
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
Dr. Salam T. Ismael
Droctors for Iraq Society
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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