For the first time since the fighting between King Hussein's troops and the Palestinian commandos started in Jordan, Amman hospitals have been able to receive and treat some of the many civilian wounded.
For the first time since the fighting between King Hussein's troops and the Palestinian commandos started in Jordan, Amman hospitals have been able to receive and treat some of the many civilian wounded. Some of the first to reach the hospitals were suffering from wounds they received almost a week ago.
Most of Amman's hospitals had lain empty for the first five days of the fighting, despite the fact they had full surgical and nursing teams standing by. The wounded could not get to the hospitals and the army could not take them because of the fierce fighting throughout the city.
But with the declaration of a temporary ceasefire and the ensuing lull in fighting, the wounded began to arrive at the three still operational Amman hospitals.
With water supplies cut off for eight days it has been practically impossible for hospital staff to sterilize equipment. This has put pressure on the supplies of the everyday equipment so necessary to hospitals. But the staff -- most of them tired and overworked -- have been doing all they can.
Outside the hospitals Amman is a scene of desolation. Almost no quarter of the city has escaped damage in the fierce street-to street fighting.
Many of the population, who have ben without food or water, today came into the streets from their homes to fetch what little they could.
But the lack of food and the ever-present threat of disease is a major problem. Latest reports said the situation was deteriorating and there were growing fears of an epidemic.