BAGHDAD, April 12 (UPI) -- At least 13 suspected militia gunmen were killed Saturday in Sadr City as fighting continued to rage between Iraqi government forces and the Mehdi Army.
Doctors at hospitals in the Baghdad neighborhood said at least 200 people have died and 1,000 have been injured in the recent violence, The Times of London reported.
"There are 230 killed, I can confirm, in the hospitals of Sadr City," said Dr. Qassem Mudalal, director of the Imam Ali Hospital. "I've been living in the hospital for two weeks. I can't leave because of the siege and it's too dangerous to be on the streets because of snipers and bombs."
Twenty trucks carrying medical supplies, food and blankets were allowed to enter Sadr City. The government said a vehicle curfew was partly lifted, but residents said they could not see any change, CNN reported.
A U.S. convoy bringing soldiers in to support Iraqi forces was hit by 10 roadside bombs.
There were no U.S. casualties in Sadr City Saturday, but a soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device elsewhere in Baghdad, the military announced. He was the 20th member of the U.S. military to die in the past week in Iraq.