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  Charity calls for action to end Iraq chaos
Updated 20 April 2003, 14.05
Children are forced to search for clean water in some parts of Iraq
US troops must help get back electricity and other crucial services in Iraq as soon as possible, the International Red Cross has said.

The people of Iraq are suffering more and more each day because of lack of supplies and poor health services, they said.

Less than half of the hospitals in Iraq are open to treat patients, and most of the others have been looted.

Successes

The former Iraq finance minister
In many places, there is no electricity, clean water or rubbish services, the charity warned.

However, there have been some recent successes in Iraq.

Iraqi police captured the former finance minister, Hikmat Ibrahim al-Azzawi, and handed him over to US forces. He was a key member of Saddam Hussein's government.

In other Iraq news:

  • Ali Ismael Abbas, the little boy who lost both his arms in an air raid, is going to receive the very best false limbs available, the doctors who are treating him said.
  • An investigation's being held into the death of a British soldier who died in Iraq. It's possible that he wasn't wearing any body armour.
  • US Marines have withdrawn from Baghdad and have handed over responsibility to regular US army troops.


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