Iraqi Child Injured in Bomb Explosion

A child was severely injured when a bomb, believed
to be dropped by the United States and Britain,
exploded in a stadium in the city of As-Simawa in
southern Muthana Province, the official Iraqi
News Agency (INA) reported Monday.

2001.10.15

A child was severely injured when a bomb, believed
to be dropped by the United States and Britain,
exploded in a stadium in the city of As-Simawa in
southern Muthana Province, the official Iraqi
News Agency (INA) reported Monday.

The report said that the explosion claimed half of
the child’s left arm and two fingers of the right
hand.

However, the report neither mentioned
when the explosion took place, nor did it
elaborate on the present conditions of the
unidentified child.

Muthana is located inside the so-called southern
no-fly zone, which was set up by the U.S.-led Western allies in the wake of the 1991 Gulf War with the claimed aim of protecting the Shiite Muslims from the persecution of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

A similar no-fly zone was also established in northern Iraq to protect the Kurds there.

It is believed that the Gulf War, triggered by Iraqi 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the constant U.S.-British bombardments of the two no-fly zones have left over a large number of unexploded shells and mines in Iraq, especially in the south.

Iraq has often reported civilians wounded or even killed by bombs and mines allegedly left over during the U.S.-British bombing campaign.

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