A Roman Catholic human rights group Friday accused government soldiers of raping and killing two women health-care workers and shooting eight patients to death in a raid on a make-shift rebel hospital.
The attack occurred Feb. 13 in the town of El Chupadero, 42 miles north of San Salvador, at a guerrilla-run clinic treating victims of El Salvador's nine-year civil war, said a report issued in the capital by the church-sponsored group "Tutela Legal," or Legal Shelter.A military spokesman denied that soldiers had attacked a hospital. He confirmed that 10 people had died in fighting in El Chupadero but said all were killed in hand-to-hand combat.
Legal Shelter said a delegation sent to the town confirmed the attack. "After an on-site investigation, Tutela Legal found that in the town of El Chupadero there was indeed a makeshift rebel hospital where war injured and handicapped were being treated."
The report said a Mexican physician, Dr. Alejandra Bravo, 35, and Salvadoran paramedic Rosibel Dubon, age unknown, were raped by soldiers, then shot to death. Eight patients also were killed, it said.
An autopsy confirmed that the two health-care workers had been raped, the report said.