According to the Inter Press Service, "At least 800 civilians have been killed during the U.S. military siege of Fallujah, a Red Cross official estimates."
His estimate is based on reports from Red Crescent aid workers stationed around the embattled city, from residents within the city and from refugees, he said.
"Several of our Red Cross workers have just returned from Fallujah since the Americans won't let them into the city," he said. "And they said the people they are tending to in the refugee camps set up in the desert outside the city are telling horrible stories of suffering and death inside Fallujah."
"The Americans close their ears, and that is it," the Red Cross official said. "They won't even let us take supplies into Fallujah General Hospital."
The official went on to say that, "our estimate of 800 civilians is likely to be too low."
He said the Ministry of Health in the U.S.-backed interim Iraqi government had stopped supplying hospitals and clinics in Fallujah two months before the current siege.
"The hospitals do not even have aspirin," he said.
I know (yawn) just another "annoying" story about the Iraqi War. Maybe if you just ignore it the whole thing will go away, right? Wrong. Now I know why the red stripes in our flag are symbolic of blood. We have the blood of many innocent lives on our hands. Sorry if this sounds sarcastic and harsh but I am pissed off about this story. This looks terrible in the eyes of the Iraqi's I'm sure. How can you be winning hearts and minds when we kill some 800+ innocent civilians? Nothing says "liberation" like a bullet to the head or a bomb blowing your body in half. It is a liberation from life is more like it.
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