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Iraq says Western planes hit school, 7 hurt

WIRE:11/12/2000 03:11:00 ET
Iraq says Western planes hit school, 7 hurt

 BAGHDAD, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Four children and three
teachers were wounded when Western warplanes attacked
a school in Iraq"s southern no-fly-zone, newspapers
reported on Sunday. The papers quoted the Iraqi News
Agency INA as saying Western planes fired four
missiles at Hmaidi village in the southern province of
Basra at 1215 p.m. (0915 GMT) on Saturday. It said one
of the missiles landed at Ali Al-Hayaini school,
wounding four children and three teachers. It named
the wounded as Laith Kharallah, Ali Matroud and Amjad
Jassim, all aged 12, and Taleb Jamil, 13. The teachers
were Abbas Hamza, 31, Abdulhussein Khalaf 45 and Iman
Faleh, 33. It said several houses, the school and a
car were damaged during the attack. U.S. and British
warplanes patrol no-fly zones over southern and
northern Iraq set up after the 1991 Gulf War. The
agency also blamed Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for the
attack as the patrolling U.S. and British planes fly
from bases in the two Gulf Arab states as well as U.S.
naval ships in the Gulf. Western air raids have become
regular since Baghdad decided in December 1998 to
challenge jets patrolling the northern and southern
no-fly zones. The United States, Britain and France
set up the northern zone in 1991 to protect a Kurdish
enclave in the north from possible attack by Iraqi
government forces. The three countries set up the
southern zone in 1992 to protect Muslim Shiites in the

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