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  World offers help to injured Iraqi boy
Updated 09 April 2003, 16.06
Ali Ismail Abbas
A 12-year-old Iraqi boy who lost his arms when a missile hit his home has been offered help from all over the world - even from royalty.

Ali Ismail Abbas lost most of his family when the bomb exploded on his house in the middle of the night in Baghdad.

He was very badly burned in the attack and was found by neighbours.

Ali's picture has been in newspapers all over the world and offers of help have flooded in.

A former Indian royal was so upset by the pictures, she has offered to pay for a pair of artificial limbs for Ali.

And the British hospital which makes limbs for Heather Mills, the wife of Beatles star Paul McCartney, has even said they will treat him.

Ali told reporters he had wanted to be an army officer:

"Now I want to be a doctor - but how can I? I don't have hands", he said.

Loads need help

Bomb damage in Baghdad (This was not Ali's home)
Bomb damage in Baghdad

Ali couldn't understand why his house was bombed. He didn't realise it was surrounded by military buildings, which were the targets.

But the Red Cross, who are struggling to cope with the number of hurt civilians, say lots of children like Ali need help.

They will have to decide whether moving him would be the best thing for him or not.

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