Thursday, December 17, 2009

On December 17

On this day in ...
... 1996, nurses from New Zealand, Canada, Spain, and Norway, plus a Dutch architect -- all 6 Red Cross aid workers -- were "shot dead as they slept in a hospital in Chechnya," a civil-war-torn region of Russia. The killers were "masked men" who invaded the hospital 11 miles southwest of Grozny at 4 in the morning. The site was "clearly marked" as a "Red Cross centre." No public trial of accused ever was held; the purported mastermind was killed "in a rebel bomb attack" 5 years later.

(Prior December 17 posts are here and here.)

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