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[casi] "Civilian deaths and resistance" (Fwd)

Las Brigadas contra la guerra are Spanish activists
who are currently in Baghdad. Despite US lies that
civilians will be spared, residential areas have been
bombed. People have been killed and at least 800 wounded
(up to Friday).

There is passive and active civilian resistance too. And
this is obviously something the cowardly invaders had
not counted on. They had relied entirely on the might
of their weaponry - ignoring the strength of human spirit.
And in the long run, the invaders might have a few more
surprises in store for them, no matter what happens.


P.S. The fortitude of the Iraqi people is inspiring
even from a distance.

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Article #202780 (202780 is last):
Subject: Civilian deaths and resistance - report from Baghdad
Date: 24 Mar 2003 09:12:15 -0600

Civilian deaths and resistance - report from Baghdad

by Brigades Against War in Baghdad 11:08am Mon Mar 24 '03

The Brigades Against War are Spanish activists currently
in Baghdad, who are visiting hospitals and bomb sites and
writing regular reports. This is a translation of their
March 23 report on the fourth night of bombings.

[please be careful if quoting people in this article, as
the translation isn't perfect]

Bagdad/Madrid, March 23 2003. CSCAweb

After a day in which the intermittant explosion of bombs
continued in Baghdad, the International Brigade members
passed the night of Saturday March 22 sheltering from the
repeated bomb impacts they could hear around them
throughout the night. As they were able to observe this
morning, these attacks were launched again against the
Ministery of Air, which is now seriously damaged. At
11:30pm last night, as in the previous days, the anti air
raid sirens preempted the start of a new US attack.
Shortly afterwards, the sound of planes signaled new
explosions, even though it was calmer than the previous
night. The electricity supply was cut off, but it was
reconnected after a short while.


The launching of US missiles and bombs last night has
especially affected residencial areas in Bagdad, resulting
in up to 800 wounded. The neighbourhood of Al Qaisiya has
been particularly damaged, close to the Yarmuk University
Hospital, which was recently visited by the International
Brigade to greet the wounded. The management of the
Hospital confirms that yesterday 100 people wounded by
bombs and missiles from US B52 planes entered the hospital
on Friday night. Tonight they registered the entrance of
another 30 people, including children and adults and one
fatality. Most of the wounded are from the Al Qadisiyya
neighbourhood, which is just behind the hospital. The
impact of the explosions caused a shock wave which broke
hospital windows. During the night, medical staff had to
move patients beds further into the interior of the
building, to protect them from the windows and further

In their visit to the Al Qadisiyya neighbourhood, the
brigade members witnessed the effects of a US missile
which caused four houses to collapse and a fifth to catch
fire. Some of the inhabitants belongings could be seen
from the exterior: destroyed furniture, school books, a
childs shoes. The locals indicated that at least 15 other
houses collapsed as a result of the missiles.

In Turas, a particularly poor and humble suburb on the
edge of Bagdad, the brigade members were able to see the
remainder of an American army missile with inscriptions in
English. Electricity is still cut off throughout the
neighbourhood. The missile had penetrated the living room
of a house and caused the immediate death of a woman. The
house opposite has also collapsed, as a result of the
missiles shock wave. The brigade members were able to
greet the women of the affected family. The inhabitants of
Turas, men, women, the elderly and children, had gone out
into the streets from the early hours of the morning in a
spontaneous collective demonstration of fury and
indignation at the invasion of Iraq.

In another visit in the city, the brigade[s] went to
Addimiyya, a poor neighbourhood of mostly Sunni muslims in
the north of Baghdad. Like every morning, the people had
resumed the bustle of life, leaving their houses to go to
the market and move around the streets.


As the days go by, the presence of thousands of civilians
armed with Kalasnikov guns on each corner multiplies. This
could confirm the claim from the Iraqi Minister for
External Affairs, Naji Sabri, that arms were given to more
that seven million Iraqis to oppose a land invasion of US
troops and to strengthen popular resistance. Civilian
militia members, members of the Baa'th Party and soldiers
dig trenches in the streets, open ditches which they flood
with petrol. They light the petrol create intense columns
of black smoke which since Friday, on the edges of
Baghdad, and from yesterday in all of the city, fill the
sky to make it hard for the aggressor army to launch bombs
and missiles from planes. The use of these ditches spread
today to other areas. Also today, shelters were raised
over the trenches. For the first time, the Brigade saw Red
Crescent men and women in the streets, working as health

In their daily program, the International Brigade[s] have
prioritised hospital visits and travel to the areas most
affected by the bombs, to show the affected people their
support and solidarity and to witness the horrors which
the US army is causing each night in this city.

Determined to stay in Baghdad

Early each morning, the International Brigade[s] receive
Iraqi visitors at their accommodation, checking that they
are going OK and attending to their needs. The Cuban
Ambassador, Ernesto Abascal, also visits them each
morning, to reiterate in the name of his country the full
availability of the Embassy to shelter and support them in
the case of need or emergency. Ambassador Abascal informed
the Brigade[s] yesterday that the the embassy building was
damaged by a shock wave to the point of breaking the door
of the refuge where staff were sheltering. All of the
Brigade members are in good spirits, sharing a tragic but
immensely human experience. They dont tire to repeat that
the contact with the people of Bagdad and the strength and
gratitude they receive reinspires them each morning to
stay firm in their determination to stay in Iraq.
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