UN cites "collateral" damage In Iraq

UNITED NATIONS: Jan 6 (South News) - US and British strikes last month flattened an agricultural school, damaged at least a dozen other schools and hospitals and knocked out water supplies for 300,000 people in Baghdad, according to a preliminary report by UN agencies issued Wednesday.

The survey by UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, and the World Food Program (WFP) concentrated mainly on health and educational facilities affected by U.S. and British air strikes against Iraq three weeks ago.

It was the first such report from UN officials on the ground in Iraq. The WFP said a missile destroyed a large storehouse filled with 2,600 tons of rice in Tikrit, President Saddam Hussein's home town, 100 miles (160 km) north of Baghdad, the capital.

In Baghdad, UNICEF said there was broken glass, doors and other damage at a maternity hospital, a teaching hospital and an out-patients clinic in Saddam Medical City.

Parts of the Health Ministry were also damaged, including windows, walls, doors and electrical wiring and the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs received a direct hit with two guards seriously injured, the report said.

One of the main water systems in Baghdad's Karrada suburb was hit by a cruise missile, cutting off supplies to about 300,000 people. UNICEF has asked the UN Security Council's sanctions committee to approve water treatment materials immediately, saying the city was faces a shortage of clean water.

In Basra, UNICEF reported 10 schools suffered damage, including to windows, doors and electrical wiring. And in Kirkuk in the Kurdish north a secondary agricultural school sustained a direct hit, the
report said.