Saturday, May 30, 2009

Rocket Attack on Forward Surgical Team

My buddy Alberto sent me pictures of their OR after a rocket hit it this week. Amazingly, no one was injured.
The shrapnel traveled 20 meters, came right through the wall, and blew out the front entrance and communications tent.

Here's what shrapnel did to the AC unit, fire alarm and the wall. Al said they were picking chunks of rocket out of the wall and off the floor.

With his usual wit, he told me their morale is coming back to normal, although everybody gets a little excited when an alarm goes off indicating a rocket or mortar attack, which happens about three times a week. When that happens, "ee all look around for a bunker, or the best place to lay down".

He said "we still laugh remembering how this happened, where each of us was when it happened, and the fast response after the attack. Everybody picked themselves up off the floor, and went to the hospital to be ready and expecting casualties that never showed up" .

They were lucky; but there are no safe areas in this war.


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