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NEWS: After Limited Visit, ICRC Utters Concern for Hygiene in Fallujah

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posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 10:38 AM
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A team of the International Commitee of the Red Cross was able to conduct a limited visit to Fallujah, one month after the US assault on the city. Unable to assess civilian casualties, the ICRC warned of a deteriorating hygiene situation linked to the sewers system and piles of decomposing corpses.
 



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GENEVA, Dec 10 (Reuters) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Friday expressed concern about civilians in Falluja, where sewage is flowing in the streets and hundreds of bodies apparently lie in a warehouse since a U.S. assault. The Swiss-based humanitarian group will provide tools and equipment to carry out basic repairs on damaged water treatment facilities and the sewage system, ICRC spokesman Florian Westphal said. No date was set for delivery, but it was vital to restore the city's clean water supply to prevent disease, he said. A team of seven ICRC Iraqi staff, including engineers, entered Falluja on Tuesday for the first time since the assault by 10,000 U.S. troops backed by Iraqi units began on Nov. 8. U.S. estimates say some 1,600 rebels, including foreign Islamists and Iraqi Sunni Arab nationalists, were killed in the city in the volatile western Anbar province. "Our team was told by the U.S. army that there are several hundred dead bodies in a warehouse in the city," Westphal told Reuters, adding that the ICRC team was unable to see the site, later described as a cold storage facility.


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The humanitarian toll of the heavy-handed US anti-insurgency campaign in Fallujah is slowly coming to light, as independent organizations gain limited access to the battlefield that once was the city of Fallujah. Piles of hundreds of dead iraqis grimly remind the reader of Nazi Germany's 'anti-Bolchevist struggle'. How will history remember the 'liberation' of Fallujah ?

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[edit on 12-12-2004 by Zion Mainframe]




posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 11:09 AM
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I hope that some video and pictures emerge of that warehouse filled with bodies of the Iraqis killed by the Marines in that assault.

It needs to be shown to the world so they can see the deaths caused by the war.

The Fallujah assault was a brutal, unnecessary, crime committed by the Marines and by the men who ordered them to attack.

It's a disaster.

Dead, decomposing bodies piled up in warehouses and still more laying throughout the city being eaten by cats and dogs who now have to be killed because they have tasted human flesh.
Massive destruction to buildings with every street having damaged buildings.
Destruction of the infrastructure which may take 6 months before basic services can be restored.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees still waiting to return home but not being allowed to, and when they do return, they will return to a police state.

It was a crime and I hope the people who took part in the assault and the people who ordered that assault go to hell.



posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 11:49 AM
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I hope that some video and pictures emerge of that warehouse filled with bodies of the Iraqis killed by the Marines in that assault.

It needs to be shown to the world so they can see the deaths caused by the war.

The Fallujah assault was a brutal, unnecessary, crime committed by the Marines and by the men who ordered them to attack.

It's a disaster.

Dead, decomposing bodies piled up in warehouses and still more laying throughout the city being eaten by cats and dogs who now have to be killed because they have tasted human flesh.
Massive destruction to buildings with every street having damaged buildings.
Destruction of the infrastructure which may take 6 months before basic services can be restored.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees still waiting to return home but not being allowed to, and when they do return, they will return to a police state.

It was a crime and I hope the people who took part in the assault and the people who ordered that assault go to hell.


Thats right I forgot no other battles that have taken place in a city during war have ever come across these circumstances. Oh wait, they always have, they always do, and they always will. No matter what kind of technology you possess civilian casualties will never be avoided, buildings and infrastructure will always get damaged because people need to find cover somewhere in a firefight, and security has to be established in such a high profile area otherwise all that death and destruction that ALWAYS accompanies war will be in absolute vain if the insurgents simply return to a city with lack of security and are able to reestablish their presence.



  • Yes, the U.S. invaded Iraq uneccesarily and illegaly.
  • No, Iraq was never an immediate threat to the United States of America or its allies
  • Yes, we are there now and have an obligation to attempt to restore the order that was thrown into chaos upon our occupation/liberation


Everyone knows the facts, everyone accepts the facts. Lets now either move on or take direct action to help the current situation and attmpt to prevent it from happening again somewhere else. Simply pointing the obvious and then wishfully thinking the effects of war can be prevented by being just a little bit more careful does nothing to help.



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