" Universal Community of Friends - More Than 600 Iraqis Have Been Killed
universal community of friends
The University Community of Friends: Dedicated to the advancement of human rights for all people everywhere.

More Than 600 Iraqis Have Been Killed

4-11-04 (CBS/AP) More than 600 Iraqis have been killed in fighting in Fallujah since Marines began a siege against Sunni insurgents in the city a week ago [in retaliation for the deaths of 4 Americans], the head of the city's main hospital said Sunday.

Asked about the report of 600 dead, Marine Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne said, “What I think you will find is 95 percent of those were military age males that were killed in the fighting.”

Statistics and names of the dead were gathered from four main clinics around the city and from Fallujah General Hospital, said the hospital's director, Rafie al-Issawi.

The dead totaled more than 600, most of them women, children and elderly, since the siege of Fallujah began early Monday, he said. Bodies were being buried in two soccer fields [mass graves], one of which was visited by an Associated Press reporter. Row after row of graves filled the field.

The total number of dead in the city may be even higher than the hospital's tally, al-Issawi said. “We have reports of an unknown number of dead being buried in people's homes without coming to the clinics,” the hospital director said.

Bodies were being buried in Fallujah’s soccer fields as residents took advantage of a pause in fighting since Friday to tend to casualties.

At one of the fields, dubbed the “Graveyard of the Martyrs” by residents, an AP reporter saw rows of freshly dug graves with wooden planks for headstones over an area about 30 yards wide by more than 100 yards.

Some of the headstones had names of women and other names were noted as children. Khalaf al-Jumaili, a volunteer helping bury bodies at the field, said more than 300 people had been interred there.


Asked Sunday about the number of Iraqi casualties in Fallujah, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt referred reporters to Marine spokesmen. But he insisted that Marines are “tremendously precise” in their operations and suggested insurgents were hiding among civilians, causing civilian deaths.

Nearly a third of Fallujah's 200,000 people fled the city during the lull in fighting.

During the past week's fighting, Marines and insurgents have battled in residential neighborhoods, sometimes around mosques, with the Marines calling in tanks and helicopter gunships for support. AC-130 warplanes have also been used, and Marine snipers have taken up positions on buildings.


CHECK THE IRAQI BODY COUNT DATABASE

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator


COMMENTARY

LINKS

AFGHAN UPDATES

CONSC.OBJECTION

WAR CRIMES

TERRORISM

MILITARISM

AMNESTY INTL

AMERICA - LOVE OR LEAVE?

CIVILIAN DEATHS

MORE CIVILIAN DEATHS


www.universalfriends.org

dogs of war

American soldiers in coffins

peace sign

bumpersticker

bumpersticker

bumpersticker

bumpersticker