US committed war crimes in Fallujah
US troops committed unprecedented war crimes in the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the two first weeks of April, according to the Israeli paper Haaretz. Of the 600 civilians killed by the occupation forces during those 15 days, some 450 were women and children, according to one article on the web site from Prensa Latina reporting from Washington. The "images of maimed Iraqi children, rows of women's bodies and the scene of a soccer stadium converted into a giant cemetery, which were only shown by the Qatari television network Al Jazeera" were shocking, says the Haaretz article. The Marines even occupied the hospitals, according to Midicins Sans Frontieres, and prevented the injured from receiving medical assistance by placing snipers on terraces to keep people from approaching. "This was a retaliation operation, carried out by the Marines, supported by F-16 combat planes and combat helicopters, under the code name 'Vigilante Resolve', in revenge for the deaths of four US security guards on March 31", the doctors' organisation stated. Haaretz pointed out that the death of the four mercenaries' deaths was diffused widely as a propaganda tool by the Pentagon and the US media, while the US troops' crimes in Fallujah were virtually a military secret. Since the Anglo-American aggression began in March 2003, more than 16,000 Iraqis have been killed by the invaders, some 10,000 of whom were civilians, a large proportion of them women and children.
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