Arabs Slam Continuing US-British Attacks on Iraq
Arab League chief Esmat Abdel Meguid on Monday slammed continuing US-British air attacks on Iraq and urged the UN to pressure the two countries to stop their "military aggression."
"The number of innocent civilians killed in these attacks has reached the hundreds, and thousands of others have been wounded since they began on December 16, 1998," Abdel Meguid said in a statement.
He called on the United Nations Security Council to "move swiftly and effectively to urge Britain and the United States to bring an end to their military aggression."
An Iraqi military spokesman said two civilians were killed and another injured on Sunday in a raid by US and British warplanes that patrol the southern part of the country.
It brought to 318 an Iraqi tally of deaths from US and British air raids since December 1998, when Baghdad began challenging the force that has patrolled Iraqi skies since the 1991 Gulf war.
The patrols enforce no-fly zones over both northern and southern Iraq that were imposed after the 1991 Gulf War over Kuwait. Iraq does not recognize the zones, which are not authorized by any specific UN resolution -- CAIRO (AFP)
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