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With the Number of Casualties in Baghdad Soaring, Hospitals Are Forced to Stop Counting: The International Red Cross Responds to the Humanitarian Crisis

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The International Committee of the Red Cross said yesterday the number of casualties in Baghdad is so high that hospitals have stopped counting.

ICRC staff in the capital said that during the fiercest fighting, hospitals were receiving around 100 casualties per hour.

The ICRC also said hospitals urgently need more water supplies. Given the general power outage in Baghdad, most hospitals and water installations are now being powered by backup generators.

In town after town in the Iraq war zone, hospitals trying to cope with hundreds of wounded are cut off from medical re-supply, aid officials reported Sunday.An aid convoy destined for one overwhelmed hospital south of Baghdad was canceled because of U.S. military operations.

  • Nada Doumani, spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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