American Peace Activists Confirm Iraqi Hospital Bombed

Juan Fajardo fajardos at ix.netcom.com
Mon Mar 31 19:03:08 MST 2003


American Peace Activists Confirm Iraqi Hospital Bombed
http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=1529

by Charles Hanley, Associated Press
March 31st, 2003

AMMAN, Jordan - Bruised and bleeding, in need of medical care, the
Americans stranded in Iraq's western desert approached the mud-brick
town and found the hospital destroyed by bombs.

"Why? Why?" a doctor demanded of them. "Why did you Americans bomb our
children's hospital?" Scores of Iraqi townspeople crowded around.

The American peace activists' account was the first confirmation of a
report last week that a hospital in Rutbah was bombed Wednesday, with
dead and injured. The travelers said they saw no significant Iraqi
military presence near the hospital or elsewhere in Rutbah. The doctor
did not discuss casualties, the Americans said.

[...]

In poor, remote Rutbah, a burned-out oil tanker truck sat in the road,
and the customs building and communications center had been wrecked by
bombing. When they reached the hospital, they saw it, too, had been
bombed, its roof caved in.

Claiborne said an English-speaking Iraqi doctor took them to a small
nearby clinic, and 100 or so townspeople then gathered around the
building. The men were worried, but the doctor told them, "We'll take
care of you. Muslim, Christian, whatever, we are all brothers and
sisters,'" Claiborne recalled.

[...]

As they left Rutbah, said Wilson-Hartgrove's wife, Leah, 22, the
villagers "said to us, `Please tell them about the hospital.'"







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