Jordanian Plane Lands in Iraq with Wounded Palestinians

Published November 27th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A Jordanian plane landed in Baghdad Monday with three Palestinians who were wounded in clashes with Israeli troops and who will receive care in an Iraqi hospital, the Iraqi news agency (INA) reported. 

"A Jordanian Boeing-737 carrying three wounded heroes of the Intifada, who were hit by bullets fired by Zionist occupation forces, arrived Monday in Baghdad," the official news agency said. 

"These wounded people, who will be admitted to an Iraqi hospital, were welcomed by Iraqi Health Minister Omid Medhat Mubarak," INA added. 

A Jordanian delegation was also on the plane. 

At the end of October, a plane carrying 20 wounded Palestinians landed in Baghdad, the first such flight since efforts intensified to break the embargo imposed on Iraq since it invaded Kuwait in August 1990. 

Iraq also said Monday it had dispatched its third consignment of 1,600 tons of food products bound for the Palestinians overland via Jordan. 

President Saddam Hussein said Saturday that Iraq would ask the United Nations to set aside part of its oil revenue for the Palestinians. 

Under the oil-for-food program, an exception to the sanctions, Iraq exports crude oil to buy in exchange essential items. 

Iraq, which is a strong critic of the Middle East peace process, claims to have recruited 6.6 million volunteers to fight against Israel alongside the Palestinian uprising in a jihad, or holy war -- BAGHDAD (AFP) 

 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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