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[casi] International red cross confirms one casualty and 14 injured in Iraq day 1

One killed on first day of Iraq war

The International Red Cross has stated at least one person has died and 14
have been wounded in the first day of war in Iraq.

The first independent, non-Iraqi source to confirm the numbers, the
International Committee of the Red Cross said in Geneva 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 this morning after US forces
pounded Baghdad with cruise missiles and precision guided bombs at the start
of the fight to depose Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

 Associated Press

Story filed: 16:40 Thursday 20th March 2003

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