Aswatal Iraq
May 3, 2008

Baghdad, May 3, (VOI) – Twenty patients and workers in al-Sadr Hospital were wounded and 49 civilian and ambulance vehicles were damaged when U.S. warplanes opened fire at the hospital on Saturday, a health official said.

“The attack on the hospital, considered the main one in the eastern Baghdad district of Sadr City, left 20 patients and workers wounded and 40 civilian vehicles and nine ambulances damaged,” Qassem Abdul-Hadi, the al-Rasafa health department media director, told Aswat al-Iraq – Voices of Iraq – (VOI).
Al-Sadr and Imam Ali hospital receive people killed and wounded in the clashes occurring nearly on a daily basis.

Sadr City, a stronghold of Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army militias, has been witnessing armed clashes since Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced last month the commencement of a security operation codenamed Saulat al-Forsan (Knights’ Assault) in the port city of Basra, Iraq’s second largest province and an oil-hub, 590 km south of Baghdad, which he said targeted “outlaws.”

Hundreds of Sadr supporters were killed or wounded in intense fighting, which still continues.

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