With the situation in Jordan in turmoil, one of the few people to come out of the capital, Amman in the past few days, is M.
M. Boisard speaks
BOISARD: The situation in Amman is very unclear. It is difficult to move in the streets. But we could go first from the airport to a military hospital and we got contact with a doctor there an I though - we though - that it would be much more useful for us to assist civilians and to settle our team as a first ....(indistinct)....in a civilian hospital.
REPORTER: So you chose the hospital to operate in Amman.
REPORTER: Were they operating before you got there?
BOISARD: There are four of five main hospitals in Amman. Soma of them are not at all working. Some of them are partly operating.
REPORTER: No electricity or water?
BOISARD: Yes, that's the main problem. A lack of electricity and water....(Indistinct)....lack of patients too. It is very difficult to remove the wounded from the street and bring them to the hospital.
REPORTER: Some of them stuck in houses...?
BOISARD: I should say I guess so. I don't know really, since my stay was very short and I had not a complete picture. Our two medical teams are by far efficient. W have brought with us eight tons of various medical medicines, which is also very much as efficient. But as always when the situation is as unclear as now. as long as we cannot yet go....on the streets, then it will be difficult to send a lot of paramedical personnel...a lot of medical of food supplies. I hope that tomorrow I am going to have food supplies. I hope that tomorrow I am going to have a more precise ides, how we can move real Red Cross people.
REPORTER: Which ever way you do it, it is going to be a very slow process?
BOISARD: Yes I hope it not be too slow because the situation is so urgent....I hope the process will be quick.
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Background: With the situation in Jordan in turmoil, one of the few people to come out of the capital, Amman in the past few days, is M. Marcel Boisard leader of an International Red Cross team which flew medical supplies and personnel into the city. On his return to Beirut, M. Boisard told of the chaos which reigns in the Jordanian capital.
Conflicting reports from out of Jordan today put casualties in the fighting between Palestinian commandos and King Hussein's troops at more than ten thousand.
The only contact with Amman in recent days has been a Red Cross aircraft which flew medical teams and eight tons of medical supplies into the city. On his return to Beirut, the leader of the Red Cross mission, M. Boisard gave his impressions of the situation in Amman.