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From the news

*       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

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