Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point
On Air
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Monday, May 4, 1998 Published at 22:16 GMT 23:16 UK


World: Middle East

Iraq stages mass funeral for children

Demonstrators burned the Israeli flag outside UN offices

The authorities in Iraq have staged another mass funeral of children as a protest against continuing United Nations sanctions.


[ image: Mothers were chief among the mourned]
Mothers were chief among the mourned
The coffins of 45 children were taken through central Baghdad to the offices of the United Nations. There, about 200 mourners burned the Israeli flag and chanted anti-American slogans.

Organisers said the children, some a few days old, had died because of the shortage of medicines in Baghdad's hospitals and clinics caused by the sanctions.


[ image: Some of the dead children had been only a few days old]
Some of the dead children had been only a few days old
At the head of the procession marched political dignitaries from outside Iraq, in Baghdad for a pan-Arab conference, as well as religious figures from a variety of creeds.

Both Sheikh Mohammed Said al-Naimi of the Iraqi Ministry of Awqaf and Pastor Nashwan of the Syrian Evangelical Protestant Church called for an end to sanctions, which they said were claiming innocent lives.

Despite intense lobbying by Iraq, the UN Security Council last week voted to maintain the sanctions imposed after the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©




Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia


Relevant Stories

28 Apr 98 | Middle East
Iraq sanctions stay

01 May 98 | Middle East
Iraq warns UN of grave consequences





Internet Links

Iraq Action Coalition - information on blockade consequenses

Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq

Iraq under UN sanctions - Islamic Center of Long Island

United Nations

United Nations Development Programme


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Safety chief deplores crash speculation

Iraq oil-for-food aid extended

Israel demands soccer sex scandal inquiry

Israeli PM's plane in accident

Jordan police stop trades unionists prayers

New Israeli raid in southern Lebanon

New demand over PLO terror list

Earthquake hits Iran

New UN decision on Iraq approved

Algerian president pledges reform