Thursday, April 16, 2009

Most victims of air raids are women and children

This is very sad, but not surprising. I have posted about "collateral damage" before.

Iraq air raids hit mostly women and children
Report urges review of military strategy when targeting urban areas

By Kim Sengupta, Defence correspondent
Thursday, 16 April 2009

Air strikes and artillery barrages have taken a heavy toll among the most vulnerable of the Iraqi people, with children and women forming a disproportionate number of the dead.

Analysis carried out for the research group Iraq Body Count (IBC) found that 39 per cent of those killed in air raids by the US-led coalition were children and 46 per cent were women. Fatalities caused by mortars, used by American and Iraqi government forces as well as insurgents, were 42 per cent children and 44 per cent women.


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