Yesterday at the General Hospital of Fallujah,
doctors spoke of atrocities that occurred during the month-long siege of the
city in April.
Dr. Abdul Jabbar, an Orthopedic Surgeon, said that it was difficult to keep
track of the number of people they treated, as well as the number of dead, due
to the lack of documentation. This was caused, primarily, by the fact that the
main hospital, which is located on the opposite side of the Euphrates as the
city, was sealed off by U.S. Marines for the majority of April.
Another Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Rashid, said that during the first 10 days
of fighting, the U.S. military did not allow any evacuations at all. He said,
"Even transferring patients in the city was impossible, you can see our
ambulances outside. They also shot into the main doors with snipers of one of
In the parking lot of the hospital several ambulances are parked. Two of them
have bullet holes in the windshields; one of these is riddled with bullet holes,
and the tires had been shot out as well.
Ambulance in the
parking lot of Fallujah General Hospital, shot several times by U.S. snipers.
Ambulance in the parking lot of Fallujah General Hospital, shot several times
by U.S. snipers. Both doctors said they had not been contacted by the U.S. military,
nor was any aid delivered to them from the military. Dr. Rashid said, "They
send only bombs, not medicine."
Mr. Jabur Khani Raad was sitting in a waiting room in the hospital with a splint
device on his arm. He told a horrid story of how he and his two brothers were
shot by US Marines on April 11th. He said, "We were in the military quarter
going to visit some relatives near the Al-Hassan mosque, and they opened fire
on us from the rooftops of the houses they occupied."
His 44 year-old brother who was driving, Jabul Nezzar Raad, was killed. Jabur
and his other brother were detained and taken to a U.S. base outside the city.
His downcast eyes spoke of terror while he said, "They didn't treat
me as bad as the others since I was wounded. With the others, they dug holes
in the ground and kept them there. I heard their screaming whenever they were
He told of an old man who was unable to walk after being tortured, and added,
"Please publish this. People need to know how the Americans are treating
Iraqi prisoners. We were starved, given very little food. The soldiers took
the better food out of the bags, and gave us what little was left. Then they
burned the good food in front of us."
He said he'd had a bag over his head much of the time. Wearily he recounted,
"Sometimes I couldn't breathe because of the bag over my head. Even
when I was in their hospital they left the bag on."
We went to see the car near his home which is riddled with so many bullets
it is apparently a miracle any of them survived the attack.
Car shot multiple
times by U.S. soldiers in Fallujah, killing the driver and wounding his two
brothers who were passengers.
Car shot multiple times by U.S. soldiers in Fallujah, killing the driver and
wounding his two brothers who were passengers. Then over at where the attack
occurred, a man who witnessed the incident said that the body of Jabur's
brother was left in the street for a week. He said, "After several days
dogs began eating off of it. Then on the 7th day, the soldiers dumped fuel on
it and burned it. We were trapped in our house, or we would have tried to bury
it; but anyone leaving their homes was shot by them. They knew these men were
civilians, because after they had shot up their car, they began stopping other
cars that tried to come to the area."
He added that an ambulance had attempted to collect the body on the 5th day,
but was shot at by the snipers who occupied the rooftops.
One of the neighbors, seeing that I was a journalist, came out to tell yet
another horrific tale.
His brother, Hussein Mohammad Jergi, was a 43 year-old man who had a mental
disability. He wandered out of his home on the same day the car was shot up,
only to be shot and injured by the snipers himself.
With tears in his eyes, his brother angrily told the rest of the story. "He
was shot and ran into the house. They followed him into our home, took out a
big knife and chopped off his feet. Then they shot him in the head. After destroying
much of our furniture, and putting shit around my house, they left. This is
how they behaved all over Fallujah. We buried my brothers' feet with his
View out window
of home at a nearby roof used by Marines during the siege of Fallujah.
View out window of home at a nearby roof used by Marines during the siege of
Falluja. As I walked back to the car, another man tugged my arm and yelled,
"The Americans are cowboys; this is their history! Look at what they did
to the Indians! Vietnam! Afghanistan! And now Iraq! This does not surprise us."
Along with the daily publication of photos documenting the atrocities occuring
in Abu Ghraib, stories like these underscore what most people in Iraq now believe
that the liberators have become no more than brutal imperialist occupiers
of their country.