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Reuters 7-Jan-99 UN details civilian bombing damage in Iraq

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UN details civilian bombing damage in Iraq

By Reuters, 7 Jan 1999 [N.B.]

UNITED NATIONS - US and British air raids last month flattened an
agricultural school, damaged at least a dozen other schools and hospitals,
and knocked out water supplies for 300,000 people in Baghdad, according to
a report by UN agencies yesterday.

The survey by UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, and the World Food Program
concentrated on health and educational facilities affected by US and
British air strikes against Iraq three weeks ago.

It was the first such report from UN officials in Iraq. The World Food
Program said a missile destroyed a large storehouse filled with 2,600 tons
of rice in Tikrit, President Saddam Hussein's home town, 100 miles north of
Baghdad, the capital.

In Baghdad, UNICEF said there were broken glass, doors, and other damage at
a maternity hospital, a teaching hospital, and an outpatients' clinic in
Saddam Medical City.

Parts of the Health Ministry were also damaged, including windows, walls,
doors, and electrical wiring and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs
received a direct hit, and two guards were seriously injured, the report said.

One of the main water systems in Karrada, a Baghdad suburb, was hit by a
cruise missile, cutting off water to about 300,000. UNICEF has asked the UN
Security Council's sanctions committee to approve water treatment materials
immediately, saying the city was faces a shortage of clean water.

In Basra, UNICEF reported that 10 schools suffered damage, including to
windows, doors, and electrical wiring.

And in Kirkuk, in the Kurdish north, a secondary school sustained a direct
hit, the report said.

The United States and Britain launched the strikes after the head of the UN
Special Commission in charge of disarming Iraq, Richard Butler, issued a
report saying that Baghdad had failed to abide by a promise to resume full
cooperation with his teams.

This story ran on page A06 of the Boston Globe on 01/07/99.  A shorter
version ran in the New York TImes.

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