GENEVA March 20 —
The International Red Cross said Thursday that at least one
person had died and 14 were wounded in the first day of war in
The first independent, non-Iraqi source to confirm the numbers,
the International Committee of the Red Cross said at a news
conference that one of its doctors had reported back following
visits to hospitals in Baghdad.
"We confirm the death of one person and 14 injured," said ICRC
director of operations Pierre Kraehenbuehl. "This is on the basis of
the first round of visits the ICRC medical doctor was able to carry
out today in a series of hospitals in Baghdad."
Iraqi officials came up with the same number Thursday morning
after U.S. forces pounded Baghdad with cruise missiles and
precision-guided bombs at the start of the fight to depose Iraqi
leader Saddam Hussein.
However, until now, no outside sources had been able to confirm
|Soldiers in the U.S. Army 3
Battalion 15th Infantry aim towards Iraq while atop the last
Kuwaiti berm before the border Iraqi Thursday, March 20, 2003.
U.S. forces launched their long-awaited war against Iraqi
leader Saddam Hussein. Iraq responded hours later, firing
missiles toward American and British troops positioned just
across its border with Kuwait.(AP Photo/John
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