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USA : Further information on fear of indiscriminate mass killing of civilians in Iraq

, Index number: AMR 51/133/1999

Air strikes by US and UK forces against Iraqi targets inside the southern and northern air exclusion zones have continued and reportedly resulted in the deaths of more than 50 civilians since the beginning of June 1999. Scores were said to have been injured.

PUBLIC AI Index: AMR 51/133/99
18 August 1999
Further information on EXTRA 101/98 (AMR 51/110/98, 16 December 1998) and
follow-ups (AMR 51/112/98, 17 December 1998; AMR 51/114/98, 18 December 1998;
AMR 51/117/98, 23 December 1998; AMR 51/31/99, 18 February 1999; AMR 51/40/99,
3 March 1999; AMR 51/81/99, 19 May 1999) - Fear of indiscriminate mass killings
of civilians in Iraq
US/UK/IRAQ
Air strikes by US and UK forces against Iraqi targets inside the southern and
northern air exclusion zones have continued and reportedly resulted in the
deaths of more than 50 civilians since the beginning of June 1999. Scores were
said to have been injured.
In the latest incident, on 17 August 1999, 14 people, all members of the same
family and including five women and five children, were killed when a missile
reportedly hit their house in the town of Jassan in southern Iraq, said to
be outside the air exclusion zone. A further eight civilians were said to have
been killed in northern Iraq.
Amnesty International continues to receive replies from UK government officials
in response to Urgent Action network appeal writers, stating that US and UK
forces had been acting in self-defence and that great efforts were being made
to avoid civilian casualties. In spite of these assurances civilian deaths
continue to be reported and more than 130 civilians are believed to have been
killed since the beginning of 1999.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/e-mails/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English or your own language:
To the US and UK Governments:
- expressing concern at the continuing reports of loss of civilian life as
a result of US and UK air strikes;
- expressing concern that despite all assurances received those responsible
for the airstrikes do not seem to have given the utmost consideration to the
proximity of civilians;
- asking them to urge their forces to refrain from attacks expected to cause
incidental loss of civilian life “which would be excessive in relation to the
direct military advantage anticipated.”
APPEALS TO:
President
Bill Clinton
The White House
Office of the President
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC 20500
USA
Telegrams: President, Washington DC, United States America
Faxes:+ 1 202 456 2461
E-mails: president@whitehouse.gov
Salutation: Dear President Clinton
Prime Minister
Tony Blair
10 Downing Street
2
London SW1 2AL
United Kingdom
Telegrams: Prime Minister, London, United Kingdom
Telephone: + 44 171 270 3000
Faxes: + 44 171 925 0918 / 270 0196
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
COPIES TO: diplomatic representatives of the US and UK accredited to your
country.
Those in the US and UK are asked not to write appeals to their own governments.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 15 September 1999.

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