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Iran sets up 2 hospitals for injured Iraqi Kurds
Press Trust of India, PTI
Sanandaj (Iran), March 26, 2003
First Published: 13:42 IST(26/3/2003)
Last Updated: 13:42 IST(26/3/2003)

Iran has set up two field hospitals close to the border in the western city of Marivan to treat those injured in the US-led war in Iraq.

Arrangements have been made in coordination with the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, a key Kurdish group which controls some swathes of land in northern Iraq, to treat war casualties in the Bashmaq and Molakhor hospitals in Marivan, an informed source told IRNA on Tuesday.

Ansar al-Islam, a shadowy group which is linked to Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda network, will be excluded from the help, local Iranian officials have said earlier.

Iran has already rejected allegations that members of Ansar al-Islam, injured during US and British attacks on the stronghold of the group in northern Iraq, had been transferred to the Islamic Republic for treatment.

"This is a baseless rumour and no Iraqi national has been allowed to enter the Iranian territory," the deputy head of the Iraq crisis task force in the western Kurdestan province, Bahram Nasrollahizadeh, told IRNA on Saturday.


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