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    Turkish Red Cross sends help to Iraq

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    03.09.2005 - 09:36 | Son Güncelleme: 03.09.2005 - 09:36

    Following the tragic stampede of Shiite pilgrims in northern Baghdad which killed almost 1000 people, the Turkish Red Cross has sent blood bags and body bags to Iraq reported the Anatolian news agency on Friday. The Turkish red Cross offered help to the Iraqis, which was accepted and then the Iraqi Red Cross.

    The Turkish Red Crescent then sent 5,000 blood bags and 1,000 body bags to the country, added the report.

    The incident happened on a river bridge on Wednesday when a large number of Shiite pilgrims were making their way to a religious festival. The victims, mostly women and children, died when the crowd stampeded in reaction to rumors that there was a suicide bomber.

    Meanwhile, hundreds of people were also reported fell into the Tigris river after the iron railings on the bridge gave way. It was the deadliest incident since the US-led war on Iraq in March 2003 and the Iraqi government has declared three days of mourning.

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