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Iraq Baghdad Blast Wrap - Scene of explosion, US comment, Iraqi protests, hospital, coffins
04/26/2003
APTN
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TAPE: EF03/0385 IN_TIME: 22:35:57 DURATION: 5:22 SOURCES: APTN RESTRICTIONS: DATELINE: Baghdad, 26 April 2003 SHOTLIST 1. Plume of smoke coming from scene of explosion by the road, pull back to wide of road with smoke in distance 2. Wide shot injured bandaged man on stretcher surrounded by troops and men, zoom in to man as he is lifted up, open ambulance in background 3. US Soldiers at site 4. Ambulance with siren on arriving at scene 5. Exterior wide shot pan from bulldozer to wrecked buildings and water filled crater 6. Bulldozer shifting rubble and dumping it to damn flow of water 7. Various shots of people removing rubble 8. Wounded man being carried into Zafaraniyah Hospital, he collapses and his placed on bed where medics examine injuries to his back and side 9. Man carrying wounded boy into hospital 10. Wounded man lying on hospital bed 11. Photographers taking pictures of father holding wounded infant 12. Various shots of father holding wounded infant 13. Various shots of injured people at hospital 14. SOUNDBITE (English) un-named doctor, Zafaraniyah hospital: "All kinds of trauma injuries, suturing, dressing, burns also." (question: what kind of help do you need?) "For our hospital? We need, there is a shortage of drugs, fluids, oxygen, drugs for anaesthetic." (question: have the Americans been helping you?) "Americans, no. They offer their help, but until now, nothing". 15. Various shots of shouting crowd as coffins from victims of blast are carried out into street from a house near the site of the blast 16. Wide shot of news crews and US soldiers 17. SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel John Peabody, commanding officer of 11th Engineering Brigade, US Army Third Infantry Division: "We extend our sincerest condolences to the citizens of Baghdad on this tragedy. We are very sorry that as the result of Saddam Hussein putting his ammunition in large stockpiles throughout Baghdad has resulted in this. We implore those Iraqis who continue to attack us to cease doing this, because it is their own citizens they are killing as a result of this attack on the ammunition supply point we were guarding. This ammunition supply point was inspected twice by our ordinance disposal experts. They certified it as being stored in a safe manner, and if it were not for the fact that it were attacked, we would not have suffered any casualties whatsoever." 18. Wide shot of damaged buildings and flooding near blast site 19. SOUNDBITE (English) Ziat Tarik, Baghdad resident "They (the US military) came here, said that Iraq would be more safe, say that we will give you freedom, but what we see in the streets - I think you see that too - in these, all streets of Baghdad, there is no safety, there is no safety. The kids, some kids have some weapons, weapons everywhere, explosions everywhere - what safety they talk about?" 20. Pan from ruined house to people on street STORYLINE A US-held war cache laden with 80 Iraqi missiles exploded near Baghdad on Saturday, killing six people and pummeling homes around with warheads, rockets and mortars. The disaster struck at 0750 local time (0350 GMT) in the Zafaraniyah neighbourhood of the capital as residents slept or assembled bread and tea for breakfast. A US soldier at the scene said that out of sight of US troops at the depot, someone fired four flares over a wall around a sprawling open field that American forces had been using to store the ordnance. The flares hit the ammunition pit, setting fire to wooden ammo crates. In no time, deadly remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime were pounding homes without warning. About one and a half kilometres (about a mile) away, a missile plowed into a dirt lane between two rows of crude two-story homes. Walls crumbled and roofs blew off, demolishing four houses. Inside one, the impact killed a 50-year-old worker, his four teenage children and his 23-year-old daughter-in-law, a new mother. US officials said 10 or more Iraqis sustained injuries - at least two of them were said to be in serious condition. At least five of the injured were admitted to the Zafaraniyah General Hospital. According to a US spokesman, soldiers initially came under small-arms fire when they went to the scene to help the wounded and to look for survivors. They returned fire and there was no word on further casualties. US military officials said some of the tactical weapons at the dump had been stored there by Saddam's regime, proven throughout the war to have stashed such items in schools, homes and other populated areas. The cache included Russian-made Frog-7s and Iraq's own Al Samoud II, according to the US Army's 11th Engineering Brigade, which had been helping to handle the site. The officials admitted the US military had put some of the ordnance there itself, however, collecting abandoned Iraqi caches from around the city for later disposal. Residents of the Zafaraniyah neighbourhood described days of what appeared to be controlled blasts by American soldiers at the dump, apparently to destroy leftover Iraqi weaponry. Some of the residents said they had visited US military officers to stress that the depot was near crowded neighbourhoods. After that, US forces stopped night explosions and ceased the daytime ones three or four days ago, they added. The disaster touched off protests in the stricken Zafaraniyah neighbourhood and in the city centre. Protesters, led by a Shi'ite Muslim cleric, gathered outside the Palestine Hotel, where some US military officers are based, and chanted anti-US slogans. Many of the protesters carried photo-copied posters in English, blaming the US for Iraqi deaths and rejecting the US administration of Iraq. But the commanding officer of the US Army's 11th Engineering Brigade said the Americans were not to blame for the explosions or its victims. Ultimately, he said, the fallen Iraqi regime was responsible.
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