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Firefighters and civilians join efforts to rescue innocent residents

2009-07-07 21:52 BJT

Special Report: 7.5 Xinjiang Urumqi Riots |

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Innocent residents were the main targets of deadly attacks in Urumqi. But many of these people were protected from attacks by fellow residents. CCTV reporter takes a look how firefighters were aided by civilians in their effort to protect the public.

Firefighters and their vehicles were also targeted. Nine from the service were injured. 
Firefighters and their vehicles were also targeted. Nine from the 
service were injured.

Rioters set fire to buildings and attacked people in the street during the violence on Sunday. Places like supermarkets and residential houses were targeted by arsonists, and cars along the streets were burned.

It turned into a battle for local firefighters who successfully put out fires at almost 230 sites and saved over 230 trapped people.

Firefighters and their vehicles were also targeted. Nine from the service were injured. A guest house belonging to a Xinjiang firefighting unit took in frightened local residents.

On Sunday night, mobs attacked passers by near the East Gate of Xinjiang University. But medical efforts to save the victims were hampered.

One ambulance driver said "Mobs hid beside the hospital gate waiting to attack our ambulances. We needed some protection."