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---------------------------------------------------------------------~-> REPORT BY THE IRAQ PEACE TEAM (IPT) ON POSSIBLE WAR CRIMES (AND RELATED INFORMATION) IN THE 2003 U.S.-LED ATTACK ON BAGHDAD – March 27, 2003 [NOTE : This reports aims to present accurate, reliable and prompt information about Iraqi civilian casualties and damage to Iraqi civilian infrastructure inflicted by the U.S.-led forces. The reports will be organized according to date with the most recent at the top. Completely new reports will be presented in a “NEW” section at the top. Individuals whose photographs accompany this report will be marked with an asterisk in the Report.] NEW REPORTS ALYARMOUK HOSPITAL – MARCH 26 On March 26, Cathy Breen and others visited with the following victims at the Alyarmouk Hospital. Amar*, a seven-year-old boy, had an emergency chest tube to drain blood from multiple shell injuries. His mother, Hannah, died in the direct hit to their house this morning. He is from a farming village on the outskirts of Baghdad. Mueen*, 8-years-old and the son of a farmer, had a drainage tube due to a wound to the abdomen. The doctor showed the team a plastic bag holding parts of his small intestine that had to be removed during surgery in order to try and get to all of the shrapnel. His father died in that bombing. His six-year-old brother, Ali, was wounded in the head. Ten-year-old Rusel* was wounded in an explosion outside her door. The team saw the shrapnel in her chest on an X-ray. She too had a chest tube. Her right hand was fractured. ALYARMOUK HOSPITAL – MARCH 24 On March 24, Cathy Breen and others visited the following victims at Alyarmouk Hospital. Nada Adnan*, a fourteen-year-old high school student, came in with a deep gash and fracture to her right forehead. She also had a hunk of shrapnel in her upper thigh. Some of our folks were present when she and her family were brought into the hospital. Her mother had to be restrained as she was so distraught. A missile had crashed into her uncle’s home where they were staying, causing the walls to collapse. Nada’s eight-year-old sister had died as a result. An elderly woman, Fatima, had fallen in fear during the bombing and fractured her hip. She had already had surgery for the hip. Her ankle was in a cast and her knee was wounded. ABDULLAH HAAMID HASSAWI FAMILY On March 27, visited the home of the Abdullah Haamad Hassawi family in Al Tujjaar, a residential neighborhood in North Baghdad. Next door to their home, the team saw damage to windows of the Balquis Secondary School for Girls. In the Hassawi family home, the team saw rubble from walls on the second floor roof patio in the courtyard below, as well as hundreds of marks in the outer walls made from small, uniform, cubed, metal pellets. In an upstairs room, there was a large blood stained mattress on the floor. Family members reported that Moneed, 25, and his 23-year-old wife, Sahar, and their 6-year-old son, Quiser Muhweb, had been sitting together on that mat when metal fragments from the bomb came in through the window. These fragments broke the glass and hit and injured them all, breaking the legs of the mother and son. They were taken to the Al Nooman Hospital in the Aldemia area. The large number of pellet marks in the walls, from top to bottom, but not on the floor of the patio and downstairs courtyard, and the low level of damage done to the building, suggest that a fragmentation bomb may have exploded about eight feet above the roof patio and sprayed pellets around into the walls, and that bomb fragments flew into the window, hitting the three injured, and that the blast blew out the windows of the school next door. This bomb may have been an anti-personnel weapon. The tiny, but heavy, pellets are currently being examined to determine if they are made with depleted uranium. NEW CAPTIONS 030326AmarAlYarmoukCB.jpg Amar, 7 years old from Al Yusfia village, injured March 26 (March 26) 030326MueenAlYarmoukCB.jpg Mueen, 8 years old from Adora, injured March 22 (March 26) 030324NadaAdnanAlYarmoukCB.jpg Nada Adnan, 14 years old, injured March 23 (March 24) 030326RuselSalemAtmasAlYarmoukCB.jpg Rusel Salem Atmas, 10 years old, from Rosala (March 26) 030327Hassawi1JG-sm.JPG Fragments from the weapon that hit the Hassawi home. 030327Hassawi2JG-sm.JPG Holes in the wall from the weapon that hit the Hassawi home. ++++++++++ AMENDED REPORTS AL-SHAAB COMMERCIAL DISTRICT Two weapons fell around noon on March 26 in the middle of the commercial sector along the main street in the Al-Shaab district of Baghdad about three blocks beyond the Ministry of Trade shopping center. The two blasts resulted in two shallow craters, about 3-4 feet deep and 6 feet in diameter, one on either side of the street, near the intersection. Though the craters were shallow, the bombs projected a powerful horizontal impact that reached over a very wide radius. About fifteen vehicles were destroyed, transformed by the powerful blasts into masses of twisted and burnt metal. The two- and three-story buildings on both sides of the street were blackened and damaged. The team saw twisted metal in destroyed store fronts, mangled cars along the street, and burned out residential houses for a two block stretch. Ed Kinane observed two cars with shredded tires. Most shops along the street showed various degrees of damage, with rubble within and without. Virtually no windows were left intact in either the upstairs or the downstairs levels. Some businesses, including what was said to have been a car repair shop on one corner and a restaurant on a corner across the street, were left in shambles. Cement debris covered the floor of the restaurant’s outside dining area. Cement planters had been heavily damaged. Inside the restaurant was a jumble of white plastic chairs. About seven storefronts down from the restaurant, there was a small café. Muhammed, 36, and Atman, 30, were two brothers who said that they had been working in the café when the attack happened. They said nine people, including women and children, but no soldiers, were in the café at the time drinking tea. They pointed out several holes in the wall from pellets or shrapnel and said that another brother, Sadoon Mucksin, 40, was injured in the left arm and taken to Al Numaan Hospital. They said that five people living upstairs above the café were injured and taken to the hospital, but were then back home. Sala Myeed, a civil engineer living in the neighborhood, who was present at the time of the blasts, told of a pregnant woman, Um Juana, who was burned to death in her second floor apartment. Marwwan Nasweer, a medical student, living in the next block along that street, told of two men who were killed while working in an electrical shop. Other people on the street spoke of three men, Abu Hassan, 45 and father of 5, Manikit Hamoud, 17, and Saliah Nouri, 28, who were killed as they were working in the Edilme Restaurant. Also mentioned were 36-year-old Sarif Albari and his 11 year old son, Safe, killed in a car repair shop, and three killed in a car: 17 year old Safa Issan, 12 year old Marwan, and their father who was driving Reports indicate that at least 15 persons were killed and at least fifty injured--all civilians, either shoppers, merchants, pedestrians or residents living above the stores on the ground floor. CAPTIONS FOR AMENDED REPORTS 030327Al-Shaab1RT-sm.jpg thru 030327Al-Shaab3RT-sm.jpg The main street in the Al-Shaab district. +++++++++++ SUMMARY OF IPT POSSIBLE WAR CRIMES REPORTS March 27: An IPT visited the home of the Abdullah Hamad Hassarri family in Al Tujjaar, a residential neighborhood in North Baghdad. The team saw rubble from walls on the second floor roof patio in the courtyard below, as well as hundreds of marks in the outer walls made from small, uniform, cubed, metal pellets. In an upstairs room, there was a large blood stained mat on the floor. The blast injured all three members of the family and broke the legs of the mother and son. The large number of pellet marks in the walls, from top to bottom, but not on the floor of the patio and downstairs courtyard. March 26: Cathy Breen reported visiting with three children seriously wounded, two of whom had parents who were killed. March 26: Martin Edwards and others visited with a five year old girl, Duha, who has a spine injury and a paralyzed left leg and may never walk right again from a bomb or missile that exploded nearby. Her sister, Hawra, had some damage to the back of her body from bomb fragments. Her mother, Hamda lost a finger and sustained further shrapnel injuries to her hand and arm. Four additional family members were injured. Al Qadisiyeh District: On March 26, an IPT team visited a heavily residential neighborhood in the Al Qadisiyeh district near the AlYarmouk hospital. On one street, seven adjacent two-story brick homes and two homes behind were hit by a huge bomb on Sunday evening around 7 PM. Four of the houses were flattened by the weapon, which left a huge crater about 125 feet in diameter and more than 25 feet deep on the point of impact. Most of the homes had not been occupied for a long time, and only two persons were injured. Al-Shaab district: On March 26, IPT teams observed the middle of the commercial sector along the main street in the Al-Shaab district of Baghdad about three blocks beyond the Ministry of Trade shopping center. This area appeared to contain neither military nor government facilities. The team observed two oblong cavities that appeared to be where two bombs struck near the intersection around noon on March 26. These craters were about two feet deep and about six feet long. Though the craters were shallow, the bombs projected a powerful horizontal impact that reached over a very wide radius. For a two-block stretch of two-story buildings, the front of buildings on both sides of the road were blackened and damaged, as was that of the residential flats above. Reportedly, at least 15 persons were killed and more than fifty injured, most in life threatening condition at Al Numaan Hospital. About fifteen vehicles were destroyed, transformed by the powerful horizontal blasts into masses of twisted and burnt metal. Naeemi Family: The family home was hit by a bomb around 7.30 PM, Saturday evening, March 22. The bomb hit the left side of the house, making a huge hole in the wall of the children’s room. The floor of the room caved in. No injuries. Nahrawaan Farm House: The farm-house was hit by a bomb on Monday afternoon, March 24 around 4 PM. Three people were killed on the spot. Eight were injured. Traces of dried blood from the victims dot the path from the house to the parking space in front where they were placed in the vehicles that drove them to Al Kindi Hospital. Karadat Miryam District: One entire block that included three- and four-floor buildings with commercial storefronts on the ground floor and residential dwellings on the upper floors had almost all of the windows and frames and the iron gates that covered windows in these buildings knocked out on all floors. At least some injuries likely resulted from the tremendous blast(s) that caused this extensive damage. ALYARMOUK HOSPITAL: – MARCH 23 An IPT team visited with five victims. Injuries included severed tendons, spinal injury that has made her paraplegic, shrapnel in the chest and on the right hand, shrapnel in the stomach, on the right hand and on the right ear. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk