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Many of them were in bad shape — hungry, wounded, ill and with few possessions be- yond the clothes they were wearing. It was estimated that about 4,000 civilians were killed in the bombard- ments of Tinian and in fighting on the island. On Saipan, Marines had been helpless to prevent mass suicides among the civilian population. They were more successful at Tinian. Un- fortunate incidents occurred— civilians, for example, dying under Marine fire after wandering into the lines at night. There were also suicides and ritual murders, as indicated in a report from the 23d Marines on 3 August: Several freak incidents occurred during the day: (1) Jap children thrown [by their parents] over cliff into ocean; (2) Efforts to prevent incidents of this kind were generally successful.

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