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Iraq: ICRC helps victims of market blasts

02-02-2008 News Release 08/22

Baghdad (ICRC) - Immediately after the explosions that tore through Baghdad's Al Ghazl market place and a second market in the south of the city yesterday, killing and injuring dozens of people, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provided the Baghdad Teaching Hospital with sufficient emergency medical supplies to treat over 100 injured patients.

Similar aid had been sent earlier to both Al Kindi Teaching Hospital and Al-Imam Ali Hospital in Baghdad earlier as a precautionary measure. These blasts caused more casualties than any other in the past six months.

The ICRC remains gravely concerned about the continuing serious violations of international humanitarian law in Iraq and the rising toll of victims among the civilian population. It once more calls upon all parties to the conflict to halt the deliberate targeting of civilians in Iraq and to spare the civilian population and civilian property.

 
For further information, please contact:
  Hicham Hassan, ICRC, tel. +962 777399614