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Doctors speak out over Iraq

Issue No. 1964

Doctors for Iraq, a group set up to oppose the war, is warning of an urgent health and humanitarian crisis unfolding as the US launches new attacks on the towns of Haditha, Rawa, Parwana and Heet in the west of Iraq.

Haditha, Rawa and Parwana have been under attack for three weeks. The main hospitals in the area are reporting shortages of oxygen, surgical kits, antibiotics and basic medicines.

Civilians have fled to neighbouring towns and villages and are in need of basic foods, water and shelter.

Eyewitnesses and medical personnel say that snipers are operating inside some of the cities. Haditha hospital estimates that at least 11 civilians were killed during the attack and 15 injured.

Local people say that US Marines invaded the town of Rawa and carried out air strikes, bombing many buildings and homes. A school building in Parwana was bombed with people inside the school.

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Sat 20 Aug 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1964
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