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04-20-03, 12:16 PM
April 19, 2003
Release Number: 03-04-156



AN NASIRIYAH, Iraq – Working with Iraqi citizens and the international community, United States Marines have significantly increased available services to the citizens of An Nasiriyah.

A Civil Military Operations Center (CMOC) opened April 19 to facilitate the integration of support from international relief organizations, Iraqi citizens and U.S. Marines. This office is similar to the one established by the Marines in Baghdad Monday. The An Nasiriyah office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The city’s four water pumping and treatment stations are now functioning using generator power established by Marines. Additionally, the city is being supplied clean water from the Ash Shatrah water plant located north of the city. Approximately one million gallons of water are produced and distributed per hour to support the city. Currently, the water is sourced to the citizens six hours each day.

Police and fire departments are now operating within the city. Marines registered two hundred Iraqis to serve as police officers to guard critical facilities in the city and provide traffic control, manning their posts 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. wearing blue and white uniforms. The city’s fire department is working and has responded to several fire calls.

Marines have assessed that two of three city hospitals are fully operational and another hospital is partially operational, needing structural repairs. There are also approximately 12 other clinics operating in the city. Additionally, Navy and Marine engineers conducted repairs on the Women’s Hospital where they repaired the water well, generator, water tank and roof.

Marines also distributed 62 crates of Kuwaiti donated food stuffs and a variety of Australian donated medical supplies to the city Friday.

Marines met with Iraqi representatives from the local judicial system to formulate a plan to restore the city’s legal apparatus. The plan will initially restore the administrative functions of courts to include the issuance of marriage certificates and wills. A longer-term plan includes restoring the full range of investigative and judicial proceedings. The city government continues to form. The city council and departmental staffs are working closely to address a broad range of issues and concerns.

U.S. Marines are working diligently to minimize the unrest within all southern cities by helping to restore order, water and sanitation, electricity and medical care.