Friday, April 23, 2004
BBC NEWS | Middle East | Picture emerges of Falluja siege
Dr Obaidi said he had seen the bodies of two men, one aged about 70, the other about 50, both shot in the forehead, in an area controlled by the US.And this:
They had been lying at the front gate of their home for two days, he said, because the family did not dare step outside to retrieve the bodies.
Is he sure they were shot by US troops?
"You are joking?" he said. "There are people dead in an area just controlled by America snipers. Nobody, either civilian or resistance, could enter the area. Who could kill them? We know American bullets. We are not a stupid people."
Ms Wilding said an injured mother and two children had told her they were hit by US gunmen as they tried to leave their house.
She also said she met an old woman, shot in the abdomen, who was still clutching a white flag.
The US has also faced criticism for blocking access to the city's main hospital by, according to most reports, occupying the river bridge which linked it to the rest of the city.What exactly are the terms of this inhuman "deal"? Does anyone actually know? Is it written anywhere? Who says they've complied? And why should they have to anyway? It's their country -- we just "liberated" it for them, right? I am so mad right now. There has been no news out of that region in the American press -- they've spent all day arguing about photos of caskets -- how surreal is that?
"If this hospital was working it would have saved a lot of lives," Medecins Sans Frontieres' Emergency Coordinator for Iraq Ibrahim Younis said.
Doctors set up makeshift clinics in the early days of the siege.
Ms Wilding said doctors were storing blood in a drinks fridge at a GP's surgery where they were treating the injured, and warming the bags under the tap in an unhygienic toilet.
Part of the deal to end the fighting was a US commitment to allow "unfettered access" to the hospital and to "facilitate the passage of official ambulances" in the city.
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