The horror of NATO/Rebel attack on Tripoli – Abu Salim hospital massacre

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The hospital had been cut off from health care workers for five days as rebel fighters sought to dislodge Gaddafi loyalists in the surrounding area of Abu Salim.

Rescuers finally reached the hospital late on Thursday, finding 21 surviving patients among a macabre scene of dead bodies.

On Friday morning, a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross evacuated the survivors from the virtually deserted facility.

They had waited for days as the stench of decomposing bodies grew, the corridors spattered with blood, the morgue overflowing with corpses and dozens still in their hospital rooms.

Twenty bodies were piled on the grass in the garden outside, and one was still lying on a bloody gurney outside the emergency ward.

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WARNING: You may find parts of the following report extremely distressing

Channel 4 News

Fifty yards from the main entrance something was wrong.

Very wrong.

Four Red Cross ambulances lined up and staff hurriedly stretchered out the last few injured men.

“Conditions in there are dreadful – just dreadful,” said Red Cross worker Bridget Comninos, “we are just trying to assist doctors here.”

In one ambulance a man, almost incoherent with fear, just kept saying: “Al Hamdillulah” – thank God.

Three young children sat near him almost beatifically calm in their shock.

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http://blogs.channel4.com/world-news-blog/the-horror-of-abu-salim/18014

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One Response to The horror of NATO/Rebel attack on Tripoli – Abu Salim hospital massacre

  1. Petri Krohn says:

    Have a look at the Citizen’s Investigation into War Crimes in Libya (CIWCL) report on the massacre:

    A Violation Of Medical Neutrality:
    The Neglected Massacre at Abu Salim Trauma Hospital

    http://ciwclibya.org/reports/aviolationofmedicalneutrality.html

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