Allawi Doesn't Believe Any
Civilians Died In Fallujah
Fallujah Fighting Persists -
Aid Convoy Rejected

By Michael Georgy and Omar Anwar
FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. warplanes, artillery and mortars struck areas across Falluja on Monday as groups of diehard insurgents held out to the last in the week-long battle.
The U.S. military says it has taken full control of Falluja, but scattered spots of resistance remain, particularly in southern parts. Large areas of the city lie in ruins, devastated by the ferocity of the U.S. military's seven-day onslaught.
A Reuters correspondent who drove from north to south saw bloated and decomposing bodies in the streets, smashed homes, ruined mosques and power and telephone lines hanging uselessly.
Iraq's Red Crescent group has sent seven truck-loads of food and medicine to the city, but the U.S. forces have held up the aid at Falluja's main hospital, on the western outskirts.
A U.S. Marine commander said American forces were working to deliver assistance in the city themselves. Any Iraqis needing help would be told to go to the hospital, he said.
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has said he doesn't believe any civilians were killed in the offensive, which has left 38 U.S. soldiers, 6 Iraqi troops and more than 1,200 insurgents dead. But witness accounts contradicted him.
A member of an Iraqi relief committee told Al Jazeera television he saw 22 bodies buried in rubble of one street in Falluja's northern Jolan district on Sunday.
"Of the 22 bodies, five were found in one house as well as two children whose ages did not exceed 15 and a man with an artificial leg," Mohammed Farhan Awad said.
"Some of the bodies we found had been eaten by stray dogs and cats. It was a very painful sight."
No help has reached civilians in Falluja since the assault began last Monday. Aid agencies have described the situation as a humanitarian disaster, basing their view on the accounts of refugees who have fled and images broadcast on television.
The Iraqi Red Crescent says it knows of at least 150 families trapped inside Falluja in desperate need of aid. One father of seven contacted by Reuters on Sunday said his children were sick from diarrhea and had not eaten for days.
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