Tuesday, May 01, 2007

What happened at Naaman Hospital yesterday ?

Resistance web-site albasrah.net summarizes reports about what happened at Naaman Hospital in the walled-off area of Adhamiya yesterday, beginning with a summary of remarks by a Dr Ahmad Mahmoud, a doctor at the hospital, to AlJazeera TV. Dr Mahmoud said Iraqi troops, supported by American troops, stormed into the hospital and said there was an order from the Health Ministry to close the hospital, following which they arrested or expelled all patients in the hospital except for three who were in intensive care, and posted snipers on the roof of the hospital and on the roofs of neighboring buildings. The basrah.net writer notes that the Health Ministry has long been in the bailiwick of the Sadrists. And there were hearsay reports that many of those expelled or arrested had been executed.

There were similar reports on the resistance website iraqirabita.org and the website of the Association of Muslim Scholars. Some of the reports say this is or was the only hospital serving Sunnis on the east side of the Tigris. What actually happened? In the absense of any explanation, the logical conclusion would be that this event and the silence surrounding it are part of the sectarian strategy behind the building of the wall.

The American policy elite is instead being treated today to a piece by a senior US military adviser in Iraq who says the opponents of the Adhamiya wall are not the residents of Adhamiya at all, but AlQaeda! "The urban tourniquet", counterinsurgency adviser David Kilkullen calls it.


Blogger Nell said...

Some of the reports say this is or was the only hospital serving Sunnis on the east side of the Tigris.

That's believable, given the developments of the last year on the east side of Baghdad; isn't Adhamiya practically the only Sunni neighborhood on the east side at this point?

4:43 PM  
Blogger annie said...

this is breaking my heart

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Close the Naaman hospital.will make the resident to be in trouble.

hospital directory

8:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Badger et al. You will be interested to know that the MNF website is carrying a press release that the Iraqi army has "beaten off" an insurgent attack on the Naaman hospital!

It does not mention that the hospital was cleared of patients and taken over by the MNF two weeks ago.

Thought it was interesting that they say "insurgents" rather than Sadrists, given the report you quoted.

12:42 AM  

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