GENEVA April 7 —
The number of casualties in the Iraqi capital is so high that
hospitals there have stopped keeping count, the International
Committee of the Red Cross says.
"No one is able to keep accurate statistics of the admitted and
transferred war wounded any longer as one emergency arrival follows
the other in the hospitals of Baghdad," an ICRC statement said.
"Ambulances are picking up the wounded and running them to the
triage areas and on to hospitals. Some of the wounded try to reach
the nearest hospitals by foot," the statement said.
The ICRC has teams in Baghdad, Basra and northern Iraq, but the
fighting has made it too dangerous for them to work, Jakob
Kellenberger, the group's president, said in an interview.
"It is an extremely precarious situation, and we remain worried,"
he told the French financial daily Les Echos in an interview
published Monday. "The situation is preoccupying and we have to
expect that it will become even worse."
The ICRC the main aid agency left in Iraq gave no estimates on
the number of deaths and did not confirm U.S. Central Command
estimates that between 2,000 and 3,000 Iraqi fighters were killed in
Saturday's foray into Baghdad by American forces.
"All of the hospitals are under pressure and the medical staff is
working without respite," an ICRC statement said.
|An Iraqi woman cries whiles
visiting relatives at the Al Kindi hospital Sunday, April 6,
2003, in Baghdad. The woman at right was injured during
bombing raids near the Al-Rashid military complex on the
outskirts of Baghdad Saturday. (AP Photo/Jerome
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