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Iraq: ICRC helps victims of clashes in Basra and Baghdad

26-03-2008 News Release 08/55

Iraq (ICRC) – Following the clashes that erupted in Basra on 25 March between Iraqi government forces and the Mehdi Army, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) immediately provided Sadr Teaching Hospital with enough medical and surgical supplies to treat over 100 casualties.

Sadr Hospital took in the majority of those injured in the fighting, which left at least 20 dead and 200 injured according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health.

In Baghdad, ICRC surgical and medical equipment at Imam Ali Hospital in Sadr City has been used to treat the injured.

The ICRC stands ready to assist the victims of the clashes, through its offices around Iraq. The organization calls upon all involved in the fighting to do everything necessary to preserve the lives of civilians and to facilitate access to medical care for the wounded and sick.

 
For further information, please contact:
  Dorothea Krimitsas, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 79 251 93 18 or +41 22 730 25 90
  Hicham Hassan, ICRC Iraq, tel: + 962 777 399 614 or + 962 6 552 39 94