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650 Hospitalized After Moscow Raid

October 27, 2002

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MOSCOW (AP) _ Nearly 650 of the released hostages still are hospitalized and more than 200 of them are in critical condition, Russian medical authorities said Sunday. They said that the death toll so far was 117.

It was the first time Russian authorities have given figures on the number of hospitalized victims after the dramatic hostage taking by Chechen rebels at a Moscow theater.

The Interfax news agency quoted Andrei Seltsovky, the head Moscow city doctor, as saying 646 people were in the hospital, including 150 who were in intensive care wards and 45 who were in very serious condition.

Seltsovsky said that the death toll was 63 men and 54 women.

Moscow hospitals on Sunday began releasing some former hostages, but most were being kept for further treatment.