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Wednesday, July 20

Bombed and Damned It All to Hell

You tell me if this doesn’t sound like hell to you. Hell has been created in your name and in mine. Somebody has to stop this.

Next time you hear someone talk about “hell on earth”, tell them about this:

"Rome, 20 July (AKI) - US and Iraqi troops have launched another offensive on the city of Fallujah in the volatile Anbar province in western Iraq. US military leaders believe a group of guerrillas has established itself in the city once more, taking advantage of the last few months of relative calm. News of the new operation comes from aid workers from the Italian Solidarity Consortium (ICS) in Iraq, who are carrying out monitoring and humanitarian assistance programmes in the area to help the many citizens displaced by the last military offensive on the city, which began in November last year.

"In the last few days there have been a number of explosions in Fallujah, a statement from the ICS aid workers says, and the multinational force has closed the city, to comb it house by house. This has sparked another mass exodus of civilians. Hundreds of families have already abandoned the city, they report, "further worsening the humanitarian emergency.

"ICS director Rosita Viola, commenting on the latest news from her workers said: "At the moment in the governorate of Anbar, around 30,000 people are homeless, in a state of total poverty."

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"Those who have returned to the city have been starting to rebuild their houses, but recently there has been a slowdown in the number of people making their way back to their homes, or what remain of them, because of the fear of new attacks. Therefore, any new action by troops is certain to increase the level of fear and distrust in the people, the ICS says.

"What is worrying is the all too real hypothesis that the example of the citizens of Fallujah will also be followed by those of Ramadi, Hit, Qaim and all the other cities that have suffered tough attacks by the multinational forces and Iraqi army in the last few months," the ICS statement points out. "It is impossible to predict when this will finish, and even harder to say when the humanitarian emergency situation will start to get better."


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