UPDATE FROM ELECTRONIC IRAQ
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15 April 2005
International Law FIRE BOMBS IN IRAQ: NAPALM BY ANY OTHER NAME Report, Iraq Analysis Group (15 April 2005)
This briefing examines the continuing use of incendiary weapons (”napalm”) by the US military in Iraq. While the UK government has attempted to downplay or deny the use of incendiaries in Iraq, US officials have been forced to admit using the MK-77 incendiary, a modern form of napalm. The UK is party to an international convention banning such weapons where they may cause harm to civilians. In Iraq, UK forces are part of a coalition which does not adhere to internationally agreed standards of warfare.
News & Analysis FOCUS ON INCREASE IN KIDNAPPINGS Report, IRIN (12 April 2005)
BAGHDAD, 11 Apr 2005 (IRIN) – Haydar Jabbar, 15, will never be able to forget the miserable days he spent in captivity after being kidnapped and shot in the leg. He bares the scars of his ordeal – a row of stitches in his right leg. The young man has been bed-ridden for 40 days and doctors say he may never walk again. “I can say that I am lucky to be here today because I have two friends who were killed even after the payment of the ransom. Something should be done to end this horrendous situation,” he told IRIN in the capital Baghdad.
Aid & Development CAMPAIGN FOR BLOOD DONATION LAUNCHED Report, IRIN (13 April 2005)
A campaign to increase blood donations has been launched by the Iraqi National Centre for Blood Donation (INCBD) in the capital Baghdad, to help replenish supplies held for hospitals across the country. Medical staff say they have been struggling to cope with demand due to violence by insurgents.
Aid & Development FOCUS ON SHORTAGE OF MEDICINE FOR HIV/AIDS PATIENTS Report, IRIN (10 April 2005)
BAGHDAD, 7 Apr 2005 (IRIN) – Officials from the AIDS Research Centre (ARC) in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have complained of a shortage of medicines for HIV/AIDS patients under treatment in the country. Those living with the virus depend on free treatment, usually offered at the centre, but for more than five months the stock has been empty and has not been replenished.
The Media CBS FREELANCE CAMERAMAN SHOT AND WOUNDED BY US SOLDIERS Report, RSF/IFEX (6 April 2005)
Reporters Sans Frontieres has called for a thorough and transparent investigation into a 5 April 2005 incident near the northern city of Mosul in which US soldiers shot and wounded a freelance cameraman working for the US television network CBS News. The organisation noted that it is not the first time US soldiers have shot a cameraman after mistaking his camera for a gun. Mazen Dana, a Palestinian working for the British news agency Reuters, was killed in a similar fashion on 17 August 2003, in Baghdad.
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