Used In Fallujah
By Dahr Jamail
26 November, 2004
26 (IPS) - The U.S. military has used poison gas and other non-conventional
weapons against civilians in Fallujah, eyewitnesses report.
gases have been used in Fallujah, 35-year-old trader from Fallujah
Abu Hammad told IPS. They used everything -- tanks, artillery,
infantry, poison gas. Fallujah has been bombed to the ground.
Hammad is from the
Julan district of Fallujah where some of the heaviest fighting occurred.
Other residents of that area report the use of illegal weapons.
these weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud, Abu
Sabah, another Fallujah refugee from the Julan area told IPS. Then
small pieces fall from the air with long tails of smoke behind them.
He said pieces of
these bombs exploded into large fires that burnt the skin even when
water was thrown on the burns. Phosphorous weapons as well as napalm
are known to cause such effects. People suffered so much from
these, he said.
of killing of civilians are emerging through the cordon U.S. forces
are still maintaining around Fallujah.
Fallujah are reporting to me that there are patients in the hospital
there who were forced out by the Americans, said Mehdi Abdulla,
a 33-year-old ambulance driver at a hospital in Baghdad. Some
doctors there told me they had a major operation going, but the soldiers
took the doctors away and left the patient to die.
Ahmed who escaped from Fallujah a little over a week ago told IPS he
witnessed many atrocities committed by U.S. soldiers in the city.
them roll over wounded people in the street with tanks, he said.
This happened so many times.
Abdul Razaq Ismail
who escaped from Fallujah two weeks back said soldiers had used tanks
to pull bodies to the soccer stadium to be buried. I saw dead
bodies on the ground and nobody could bury them because of the American
snipers, he said. The Americans were dropping some of the
bodies into the Euphrates near Fallujah.
Abu Hammad said
he saw people attempt to swim across the Euphrates to escape the siege.
The Americans shot them with rifles from the shore, he said.
Even if some of them were holding a white flag or white clothes
over their heads to show they are not fighters, they were all shot..
Hammad said he had
seen elderly women carrying white flags shot by U.S. soldiers. Even
the wounded people were killed. The Americans made announcements for
people to come to one mosque if they wanted to leave Fallujah, and even
the people who went there carrying white flags were killed.
resident Khalil (40) told IPS he saw civilians shot as they held up
makeshift white flags. They shot women and old men in the streets,
he said. Then they shot anyone who tried to get their bodies...Fallujah
is suffering too much, it is almost gone now.
Refugees had moved
to another kind of misery now, he said. It's a disaster living
here at this camp, Khalil said. We are living like dogs
and the kids do not have enough clothes.
Spokesman for the
Iraqi Red Crescent in Baghdad Abdel Hamid Salim told IPS that none of
their relief teams had been allowed into Fallujah, and that the military
had said it would be at least two more weeks before any refugees would
be allowed back into the city.
There is still
heavy fighting in Fallujah, said Salim. And the Americans
won't let us in so we can help people.
In many camps around
Fallujah and throughout Baghdad, refugees are living without enough
food, clothing and shelter. Relief groups estimate there are at least
15,000 refugee families in temporary shelters outside Fallujah.
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