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* Iraq says 7,500 people die in single month under sanctions (Agence France-Presse) * Seven members of Iraqi family killed in US air raid: Baghdad (Agence France-Presse) * Iraq opens dam on the Tigris tributary (Arabic News) * U.S. jets still bombing north Iraq (Associated Press) - the fourth "incident" since Sunday [From CNN, 23 March 1999: <<Diplomats touring the construction site expressed admiration and amazement that Iraq found the estimated $10 million needed to build the Autheim dam. "Of course I admire these accomplishments. At the same time, I am wondering, how do they succeed to do this in such circumstances?" said George Tsarllescu, Romania's ambassador to Iraq.>>] ******************** Iraq says 7,500 people die in single month under sanctions 18:31 GMT, 29 April 1999 BAGHDAD, April 29 (AFP) -More than 7,500 Iraqis, most of them young children, died last month because of a lack of medicines under the nine-year-old UN embargo, the health ministry said Thursday. "The number of Iraqis who died in March because of malnutrition or various illnesses reached 7,520, including 6,399 children aged under five," a spokesman for the health ministry told the official Iraqi News Agency. The figures included 1,121 elderly people who succumbed to heart or respiratory problems, cancer and diabetes, the spokesman added. ******************** Seven members of Iraqi family killed in US air raid: Baghdad 18:19 GMT, 30 April 1999 BAGHDAD, April 30 (AFP) -Seven members of an Iraqi family were killed Friday when bombs dropped by US warplanes landed on their tent in northern Iraq, an Iraqi military spokesman said. The spokesman, quoted by the official INA news agency, said US warplanes dropped three bombs on a tent in Bouashika, in the Mosul region, "causing the martyrdom of a citizen and six members of his family." He said 250 livestock also died and a tractor was destroyed in the bombing of Bouashika, inhabitated mainly by shepherds living in tents. According to the spokesman, US F-14, F-15 and F-16 warplanes backed by an AWACS radar plane entered Iraqi airspace from Turkey and overflew the cities of Irbil, Dohuk and Mosul, dropping some 20 bombs and missiles on Iraqi anti-aircraft positions and civilian sites. ******************** Iraqi opens dam on the Tigris tributary Arabic News, Iraq, Economics, 4/30/99 Iraq on Wednesday opened a huge dam on one of the tributaries of the Tigris river at a total cost of US $10 million. Work started in the dam, 180 km northwest of Baghdad in 1996. More than 2000 Iraq engineers, technicians and workers took part in the construction of the dam. The dam is expected to irrigate 4.2 million square meters of land. It will be used in generating electricity and overcome the problems resulting from floods on the Tigris river in the Baghdad district. Meanwhile in Moscow, Iraqi Oil Minister Amir Rashid Muhammad al-Ubaydi held talks concerning the Iraqi situation and Russia's participation in developing the oil sector in Iraq. Iraqi sources said that al-Ubaydi, who has been in Moscow for several days, met with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov and discussed with him relations between the two countries, NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia and the current discussions at the UN Security Council concerning Iraq. ******************** U.S. jets hit Iraqi defense sites in north of Iraq 11.43 a.m. ET (1544 GMT) April 30, 1999 ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - U.S. warplanes enforcing a no-fly zone over northern Iraq dropped bombs and fired missiles at Iraqi defense sites today in response to enemy fire, the U.S. military said. It was the fourth incident since Sunday in the vicinity of the Iraqi city of Mosul, 250 miles north of Baghdad. None of the warplanes was hit today, said a statement from Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, where the jets were based. ******************** -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email firstname.lastname@example.org, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html