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US air raid on Fallujah clinic kills dozens: witnesses
www.chinaview.cn 2004-11-09 22:54:44

    FALLUJAH, Iraq, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Dozens of Iraqi people,including at least 20 medics, were killed in a US air raid on a government clinic in the center of Iraq's western city of Fallujah overnight, witnesses said Tuesday.

    "Over 20 medics were killed in the air raid and dozens others,including wounded people, were killed as a result of the US raid on the city early Tuesday," local residents told Xinhua.

    The sources said the one-storey Community Clinic, which had beenreceiving wounded insurgents and civilians, was totally destroyed.

    The building was one of the three Community Clinics erected in the city to substitute the main hospital, which was seized by US and Iraqi forces Monday night, just hours before a full-scale offensive began.

    Medics in the city told Xinhua that their clinics were runningout of medical supplies and the only ambulance they had was hit by US fire.

    Fierce battles continued on Tuesday as the US-Iraqi forcespenetrated the heart of the city from the northwestern Jolan district and al-Mualemeen district in the east.

    Xinhua reporter saw that five tanks were set ablaze in a publicfield near the city center and another tank was also on fire in a nearby main street.

    The US-led forces faced stiff resistance from the fightersdefending the city, which forced the US troops to withdraw from several positions in the battlefield.

    Roofs of high buildings were turned to fighting positions forsnipers from both sides shooting at anything moving, even animals.

    Early Monday, US Marines backed by Iraqi troops started an all-out offensive in a bid to regain control of the rebel-held city as part of the government's efforts to pacify security situation ahead of the January elections. Enditem

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