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Stupid U.S. Command Caught Lying Again, Fails To Cover-Up Prison Rebellion:

Red Cross Demands Investigation

The US military said initially it was unaware of the violence and came forward with details only after the ICRC revelations.

05apr05 By Sammy Ketz, Sunday Times

THE International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is demanding an investigation into a riot at the US-run Camp Bucca prison camp in southern Iraq.

"We are asking the US army to investigate the cause of the riot which happened at the (Camp Bucca) detention centre," ICRC spokeswoman Rana Sidani said.  

The riot at the desert camp in southern Iraq, where more than 6000 prisoners are held, was first reported by radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr's movement, and was confirmed by the ICRC.

The US military said initially it was unaware of the violence and came forward with details only after the ICRC revelations.

The ICRC warned that a tense atmosphere existed in Camp Bucca, where many detainees are ignorant of their legal status and complain about living conditions.

"The detainees complained about their conditions at the camp where they are living in the desert in tents where it is hot in the day and too cold at night," Ms Sidani said.

"Many of the detainees complained they were not aware of the reasons for their internment or its duration.  The Americans consider them 'security detainees'.  There is no clear trial or legal process.  In this climate, it takes one incident to ignite things."

Sadr follower Saheb al-Ameri, secretary general of the Shahidallah charitable organisation, said the unrest was provoked by the refusal of prison authorities to give medical treatment to a detainee who had fallen sick and who was a member of the Sadr movement.

Other inmates became violent and US soldiers then fired rubber bullets and beat some prisoners, wounding 70 to 100 of them, he said, adding that since the riot, inmates have had no water or electricity.

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