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Iraq: Emergency aid for hospitals

18-01-2007 News Release 07/07

Geneva/Baghdad (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provided Kirkuk General Hospital with enough surgical and other medical supplies to treat 100 wounded persons today, one day after a truck packed with explosives killed 10 people and injured 42 others in the centre of the city.

Similar aid was provided yesterday for Al-Kindi Teaching Hospital in Baghdad, following one of the deadliest days in recent weeks. On 16 January, two car bombs killed some 70 people, mostly students from Al-Mustansiriya University. On the same day, dozens were also killed in different bombings and shootings. Al-Kindi Teaching Hospital received most of the injured and was in dire need of assistance.

" Civilians are considered by some as legitimate targets. This is an appalling fact, and it is unacceptable by any standard, " said Karl Mattli, head of the ICRC delegation in Iraq. " The massive influx of casualties is putting the Iraqi health-care system under considerable strain and the ICRC is doing its utmost to support it, " he added.

The conflict in Iraq continues to claim the lives of scores of civilians every day, notably in Baghdad. The ICRC provides emergency aid to victims whenever and wherever possible. 

For further information, please call:
  Dorothea Krimitsas, ICRC Geneva, tel: + 41 22 730 25 90 or mobile + 41 79 251 93 18
  Nada Doumani, ICRC Iraq, tel: + 962 777 399 614</ b>