Doctors for Iraq / Baghdad, 14 th April 2008 - Doctors for Iraq has received reports from the Imam Ali hospital in Sadar City, Baghdad, of dozens of civilian casualties following US military air strikes on the densely populated neighbourhood east of Baghdad.
Sadar City has an estimated population of 2 million people and is one of the poorest slums in the city.
According to doctors 30 people were killed in the attacks and dozens more injured in ongoing fighting between the Iraqi and US military and the Mehdi army militia.
Five days of intense fighting between the Mehdi army militia and the Iraqi military has left hospitals in Iraq overwhelmed with the number of casualties. Doctors for Iraq's network of doctors across the country report that hospitals are lacking many medical supplies such as IV fluid, antibiotics and specialist doctors to treat the injured.
Doctors in Basra estimate that 800 people have been injured and 200 killed during the fighting. Basra is Iraq's third biggest city and has an estimated population of 1.7 million people.
Five years of crises
Four years on, and commentators are in agreement that Iraq's healthcare situation is worse now than it was before the invasion. Reconstruction of Iraq's health sector has failed, whilst demands on the health services increase as the sectarian violence continues to rise.
Doctors for Iraq is gravely concerned about the humanitarian and health needs of residents of the Iraqi city of Samara that has been under siege by US and Iraqi troops for the past two weeks.
Samara, 124 km north of Baghdad is one the largest cities in the Salah Aldeen governorate with an estimated population of 200 000 inhabitants. The city has come under a number of US and Iraqi military attacks in the past nine months.
US and Iraqi troops have encircled the city from all sides with soldiers placing very strict control on the movement of people entering and leaving the city.
Doctors for Iraq condemns the attack on Al Numan Hospital, Baghdad by Iraqi military forces on 29th April 2007 and considers the attack a severe breach of a basic medical neutrality and humanitarian laws.
Al Numan Hospital is one of the main hospitals in Baghdad providing medical care to a population of more than 50,000 as a direct beneficiaries living in Aadhmyia town.