Half the Iraqis Killed Were Civilians



Half the Iraqis killed in a US offensive in the town of Fallujah were women, children and elderly people, a mediator said Tuesday, but US officials insisted they take all precautions to avoid non-combattants.

Fouda Rawi, senior member of the Iraqi Islamic Party spearheading efforts to negotiate a ceasefire in the city west of Baghdad, quoted hospital sources as saying more than 600 Iraqis had been killed and 1,250 wounded.

"Among those killed were 160 women, 141 children and many elderly," he told AFP, providing the first precise figures on the number of civilian deaths from the nearly week-long offensive..."

 


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