[JURIST] The Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross has posted its Saturday field reports from Baghdad, Northern Iraq and Kuwait on casualties, refugees and POWs. Principal points:
- [Baghdad] Bombardments of Friday night were much heavier than previous nights. There are people and traffic in the streets of the capital.
- [Baghdad] ICRC contact with the authorities continues.
- [Baghdad] ICRC visits to Al Yarmouk General Teaching Hospital saw about 100 wounded, including about 20 women. The ICRC cannot say under what circumstances they were wounded, or whether they are civilians or military personnel. The ICRC has delivered surgical materials to the hospital.
- [Erbil, northern Iraq] There is still some movement of Internally Displaced Persons, but apparently not substantial. The ICRC aims primarily to assist the most vulnerable IDPs, including those who have fled government-controlled areas to Diyana, northeast of Erbil. Yesterday, the ICRC assisted about 600 people in this area.
- [Kuwait] The ICRC has made contact with 'coalition' forces to discuss the issue of POWs. No access to prisoners has yet been possible.