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HUNDREDS WOUNDED IN AFGHAN FIGHTING

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Fighting between Afghan government forces and rebels on the outskirts of Kabul has wounded more than 500 people in recent days, and hospitals in the area are running out of blood, aid workers said Saturday.

Most of the 550 wounded were soldiers, Red Cross spokesman Tony Burgener said Saturday. Red Cross workers have visited hospitals and first aid posts on both sides of the conflict.The Red Cross has restocked all medical centers with supplies, Burgener said, but there was a serious blood shortage.

Fierce battles continued for the fourth day Saturday on the southern outskirts of Kabul, with neither side making any significant gains.

Government forces pounded the southern Rishkor Hills to dislodge Taliban rebels, who overran key government posts earlier this week.

The rebels were holding on, but government sources said fresh troops were on the way.