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AI EX101/98 USA/UK/IRAQ Fear of indiscriminate killings (fwd)




A new Amnesty International Urgent Action case has been issued relating to
ongoing USA/UK strikes on Iraq. [The reason that this case, issued in the
UK, doesn't ask you to write to Tony Blair is because Amnesty never asks
their supporters to write to their own government on 'Urgent Action'
cases.]

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PUBLIC                      AI Index: AMR 51/31/99
                            18 February 1999

Further information on EXTRA 101/98 (AMR 51/110/98, 16 December
1998) and follow-ups (AMR 51/112/98, 17 December 1998, AMR
51/114/98, 18 December 1998, AMR 51/117/98, 23 December 1998) - Fear
of indiscriminate mass killing of civilians in Iraq

USA/UK/IRAQ         

Since the end of Operation Desert Fox in December 1998, US, UK and
Iraqi forces have been engaged in regular conflict caused by the
imposition of air exclusion zones in northern and southern Iraq.
Amnesty International is concerned for the safety of civilians in
these areas, where US and UK attacks have killed or injured a number
of civilians.

On 25 January 1999 two missiles launched by US forces landed in
residential areas in southern Iraq, in the al-Jumhuria district of
the city of Basra and in the village of Abu Khasib, reportedly
killing 17 civilians, including 10 children, and injuring 100
others. Forty-five houses were said to have been destroyed or
damaged. These reports have been confirmed by UN humanitarian
workers. 

Iraqi government sources claim that up to 11 people, including
civilians, were killed, and many others injured, following air
strikes by US and UK forces in northern and southern Iraq between
10 and 15 February 1999.   

Background Information In 1991 two air exclusion zones were imposed
on Iraq, north of the 36th parallel and south of the 32nd parallel,
enforced by US, UK and French forces. They were intended to protect
Iraq's Kurdish and Arab Shi`a Muslim populations respectively. In
September 1996 the southern air exclusion zone was extended to the
33rd parallel. French forces pulled out of enforcing the northern
exclusion zone in December 1996.     

FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English or in your own language:

- expressing concern at civilian deaths following air strikes by US
and UK forces inside the air exclusion zones in January and February
1999; 

- asking what steps the US and UK governments have taken to prevent
further civilian casualties.

APPEALS TO:
(Time difference = GMT - 5 hrs / BST - 6 hrs)

Bill Clinton                [Salutation:    Dear President]
President
The White House
Office of the President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20500
United States of America
Telegrams:     President, Washington DC, United States America
Faxes:    + 1 202 456 2461
E-mails:  president@whitehouse.gov

PLEASE SEND COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:  His Excellency Mr Philip
Lader, Embassy of United States of America, Grosvenor Square, London
W1A 1AE. Fax: 0171 409 1637

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.

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+ If you have any queries about this Urgent Action or about +
+ the UA scheme in general, please contact:                 +
+   Ray Mitchell / Becky Hess                               +
+   Amnesty International UK Section                        +
+   99 - 119 Rosebery Avenue                                +
+   London EC1R 4RE      email: ua@amnesty.org.uk           +
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