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Watch: Aid worker describes "tragic scene" after hospital attack

20 July 2015

Doctors and nurses were forced to leave a hospital in South Sudan after it was caught in the crossfire during heavy fighting.

Two people were killed and 11 others were injured in the attack on 5 July.

The hospital, in Upper Nile State, is being supported by medics from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

The withdrawal of medical staff meant a further 11 patients died at the hospital in Kodok.

Konrad Bark, an ICRC aid worker, describes the tragic scene after the attack.

About 70 patients were being treated at the hospital before the fighting.

The hospital serves tens of thousands of people in the local community, with up to 700 consultations every week.

A Red Cross mobile surgical team, including five doctors and nurses, had been based at the hospital. 

At a time when expert health care is desperately needed, the ICRC has been forced to suspend its medical work in Kodok until the security situation improves.

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