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CARE warns of collateral disaster

 CARE warns of collateral disaster

 South News Feb 16

 Amman: An Australian aid worker warned of massive humanitarian 
 disaster as the US pondered collateral damage in a strike on Iraq.

 CARE Australia's  Lockton Morrissey  said Sunday in a full-scale 
 military assault Iraq's infrastructure would also suffer.

 "The effects of cutting off supplies of electricity, water and sewage
 treatment in what are mainly urban settlements would be devastating",
 Morrissey said.

 Meanwhile in the United States an American general has warned that
 a military strike on Iraq is likely to leave about 1500 Iraqi civilians
 and soldiers dead.

 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Henry Shelton,
 made the estimate in a private briefing of US senators as the Clinton
 administration continued its efforts to persuade the US public and
 Congress of the need for military action. 

 General Shelton said he expected only a handful of American pilots
 would be lost. After his confidential briefing the general told
 reporters the US had no quarrel with the Iraqi people. "We are going
 to great lengths to ensure we hit only what we intend to hit." He
 added a clear warning that this could not be guaranteed.

 Lockton Morrissey  Middle East regional manager of CARE Australia 
 is based in Amman, Jordan said Iraq had already suffered seven
 years of devastation, and it would get worse.

 CARE is the only Australian aid organisation to remain in Iraq
 through seven years of economic sanctions. There are now about
 30 Australians in Iraq working for the UN or non-government aid

 Mr Morrissey said water would become not just polluted but deadly,
 electricity supplies would stop and hospitals would cease

 Food supplies, which were often late, were barely enough to feed
 people in refugee camps and would not sustain civilians in cities.

 "One thousand children a week die in Iraq. That is ridiculous and it
  will just get worse."


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