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Tunisia attack: Hospital battled to save British tourists in aftermath of massacre

By Tom Wilkinson

Published 27/06/2015

SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 27: A woman grieves as she lay flowers at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015 in Souuse,Tunisia. Habib Essid Prime Minister of Tunisia announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 27: A woman grieves as she lay flowers at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015 in Souuse,Tunisia. Habib Essid Prime Minister of Tunisia announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
A picture taken on June 27, 2015, shows the cordoned-off beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, in the aftermath of a shooting attack on the beach resort claimed by the Islamic State group. The IS group on June 27 claimed responsibility for the massacre in the seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the country's recent history. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
An English tourist survivor gets help at the Sahloul hospital after the mass shooting in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO/FETHI BELAIDFETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 27: A woman grieves as she lay flowers at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015 in Souuse,Tunisia. Habib Essid Prime Minister of Tunisia announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Tourists comfort each other after the mass shooting in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 26, 2015. At least 37 people, including foreigners, were killed at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country's worst attack in recent history. AFP PHOTO/FETHI BELAIDFETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images
Tunisian security forces man a checkpoint at the entrance of the resort area where is located the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 27, 2015, in the aftermath of a shooting attack on the beach resort claimed by the Islamic State group. The IS group on June 27 claimed responsibility for the massacre in the seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the country's recent history. AFP PHOTO / FETHI BELAIDFETHI BELAID/AFP/Getty Images
Blood stains are seen on a deckchair at the beach of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 27, 2015, in the aftermath of a shooting attack on the beach resort claimed by the Islamic State group. The IS group on June 27 claimed responsibility for the massacre in the seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the country's recent history. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Tourists leave Tunisia at the Enfidha International airport after a shooting attack at the Imperial hotel in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of the Tunisian capital, on June 27, 2015. At least 38 people, including foreigners, were killed in a mass shooting at a Tunisian beach resort packed with holidaymakers, in the North African country's worst attack in recent history. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 27: A man places flowers at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015 in Souuse,Tunisia. Habib Essid Prime Minister of Tunisia announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
SOUSSE, TUNISIA - JUNE 27: Flowers are placed at the beach next to the Imperial Marhaba Hotel where 38 people were killed yesterday in a terrorist attack on June 27, 2015 in Souuse,Tunisia. Habib Essid Prime Minister of Tunisia announced a clampdown on security after the attack on a holiday resort.. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Emergency vehicles at the scene after the massacre in Sousse (AP)
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Tunisian security forces gather people in the hotel
Tunisian police officers at a hotel in Sousse where a terrorist attack took place (AP)

A Tunisian hospital boss has described the efforts that staff made to help British tourists in the aftermath of the beach terror attack.

Anis Hamza, medical director of Clinique les Oliviers in Sousse, said two ambulances were sent to the scene and more injured people were brought in by car.

His clinic dealt with 15 patients, he said, one Russian, a Ukrainian and the rest were British.

He told Sky News: "We received many kinds of injured and we did our best.

"The Tunisian people were here to help.

"All the staff stayed here, nobody went to their house."

He said two British patients were still receiving treatment in intensive care.

"They are out of danger, they are safe," he said. The others have been discharged.

Locals were shocked by the attack, the medical director said. "Tunisians are kind, we hate violence, we don't like this kind of people."

Ross Thompson and Rebecca Smith, from Coventry, are recovering after suffering shrapnel injuries.

His mother Mandy wrote on Facebook that his foot and arm were in a cast while his girlfriend's injuries were all over her body, but that they were safe and hoping to fly home soon.

She posted later: "What fantastic people we have in our lives.

"The support from family, friends and even strangers has been overwhelming.

"Thank you each and everyone of you, you have all helped us as a family today to stay strong."

Mr Thompson told Sky News they fled and hid indoors.

"We managed to get the room barricaded, got down low and just hid," he said.

His girlfriend, with a dressing on her injured chin, said she got separated from her partner and hid in the staff toilets with another woman and her son.

"We locked ourselves in and hoped for the best."

Dave Beardsmore, from Manchester, described bullets whizzing over his head as he fled after a local worker shouted to people to get off the beach.

"I saw mayhem, people were all over the place, people were running," he told Sky News.

"I was saying 'Move, move, move, run! Don't look back!'

"We ran for our lives.

"I heard bullets going over the top of my head, I just kept on running and we went to our room."

He and his wife were desperate to get a flight home after their ordeal, he said.

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