One would think that hospitals would be seen as a “no-go” zone for combatants, but one would be wrong. There is no respect for hospitals in war zones from any of the combatants.
And this is certainly true for
Recently, NATO forces (US forces, really) entered a Swedish-run hospital in
The Swedish Committee for
….The Swedish charity said the search was a violation of international principles and the forces' local agreements. It says the troops forced their way into the hospital and tied up staff and patients' relatives and ejected patients from their beds during the search operation. The charity says that US forces then ordered hospital staff to report any wounded militants who turned up for treatment. "If they [coalition forces] continue to act like this then our hospitals will become targets in the conflict," Anders Fange, country director of the charity, told the BBC.
I would say that the
Oh gee, who would’ve thunk? Those sensitive Afghans! Just like the Iraqis! I’m certain Americans, under the same circumstances, would be totally understanding.
I think they should try this in
BUT THIS IS NOTHING NEW ….. OH NO, NOT AT ALL.
It is just that we have moved on from the ‘destroy
In a series of actions over the weekend, the
Can you say WAR CRIMES? Yes, I knew you could. Here’s some more from that article:
On Sunday, Marines said they would use the curfew to their tactical advantage, effectively designating any and all moving civilian vehicles to be free-fire targets. Normally, US troops are expected to establish that a target is hostile before engaging. But Colonel Mike Ramos told National Public Radio that US Marines have been relieved of meeting that requirement. Saying invasion forces will order all vehicles off the streets of Fallujah for the duration of their offensive, Col. Ramos added, "If a Marine feels that it is necessary, to protect the lives of his fellow Marines, he is empowered to engage a moving vehicle; he’s empowered to destroy whatever needs to be destroyed."
Well, we can’t let anything get in the way of bringing them freedom and democracy. In April 2004 in Fallujah, they fired on ambulances on several occasions.
And in December 2006, they did it again! To the same hospital even.
Eyewitnesses at the hospital said
"We panicked at the way they entered, kicking open doors and blasting locked ones," a nurse told IPS. "A doctor tried to tell them he had keys for the locked doors, but they pointed their guns to his face. Then they told us to go out of the building and they kept us under guard in the garden until the early hours of next morning." The nurse said the soldiers "would not even allow us to get some blankets to keep us warm; the temperature was below five degrees centigrade." Doctors and medical staff were arrested and insulted, and some were called terrorists, witnesses said. The hospital was then closed, and could no longer offer even minimal treatment.
"People who participate in the conflict don't come to the hospital. Their families are afraid they will be punished," said Dr. Yasin Mustaf, the assistant manager of al Kimdi Hospital near
In the early days of the war on
Two ambulances and two pickup trucks were destroyed in the attack, and damage to the building was extensive. The doctor, Obeidallah Hadid, suffered a slight head injury. The concrete building was a mass of protruding steel bars and chunks of masonry. Part of the structure had slipped into what appeared to be a bomb crater. Red Crescent flags were fluttering on a post outside, and stretchers lay against one wall.
Art. 56. To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the public Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics. Medical personnel of all categories shall be allowed to carry out their duties.
Art. 57. The Occupying Power may requisition civilian hospitals of hospitals only temporarily and only in cases of urgent necessity for the care of military wounded and sick, and then on condition that suitable arrangements are made in due time for the care and treatment of the patients and for the needs of the civilian population for hospital accommodation. The material and stores of civilian hospitals cannot be requisitioned so long as they are necessary for the needs of the civilian population.
But I don’t want to leave you with the impression that it is only US and NATO forces that are invading, bombing and destroying hospitals and health clinics and ambulances in
Soldiers from the Islamic militia's religious police raided the hospital in the Taliban's southern stronghold of
And I am certain that this is not the only time the Taliban entered a hospital, or used it for a base for attacking NATO troops. But I could not find any reliable links to confirm this.
And over in
The explosives-packed car detonated as Iraqi security forces were gathered outside
There are many, many more stories of all the combatants in
If you support the continued occupation of
Report on anti-American feelings in