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Iraqi Red Crescent Chief: All Hell Broke Loose
Says Intense Fighting Keeps Relief Supplies from Needy, Denounces Evil-Doers
03/28/2008 06:43 AM ET
Iraqi women beat their chests in mourning over the death of a relative outside a hospital mortuary in Baghdad's Sadr City on Thursday.
Photo by Wissam al-Okaiki/AFP-Getty
Iraqi women beat their chests in mourning over the death of a relative outside a hospital mortuary in Baghdad's Sadr City on Thursday.
Writing to IraqSlogger from Baghdad at 230am Iraq time today, Iraqi Red Crescent President Dr. Said Hakki provided this blunt assessment of the intense clashes in recent days, the inability of the Red Crescent to reach those suffering in the conflict areas, and who's to blame:
"The situation in Iraq is bleak.

Curfew for Baghdad and almost all Iraqi southern governorates. This was announced few hours ago.

We were just beginning to see a glimpse of light.

Then all hell broke loose in the past four days.

We have had at least fifteen mortar shells falling in the Green Zone daily.

Heavy fighting in Baghdad was reported for the past two days.

No one knows the number of casualties but dead bodies have been seen in the streets of Basra.

The Iraqi Red Crescent could not send its relief trucks and medical supplies to hospitals and areas in Baghdad, Basra, Kut, Hila, Dewania as the security situation is extremely fragile.

Those suffering most are the children, the women, the sick and the weak.

The PM announced that year 2008 was for reconstruction of Iraq.

However, others had a different agenda.

Whoever is trying to destabilize Iraq is evil."

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