Some 9000 Iraqis die in June because of the UN sanctions
Iraq, Politics, 7/26/2001
The Iraqi ministry of health said on Wednesday that 9000 Iraqis of which two thirds are children died in June because of the UN embargo imposed on Iraq since 11 years.
The Iraqi ministry explained that 9090 persons including 6078 children under five year old died in June because they were affected by diarrhea, lung, breathing and mal-nutrition diseases.
The Iraqi news agency quoted the Iraqi health minister Omid Midhat Mubarak as saying that the US and British representatives at the UN sanctions committee suspended nine contracts on buying medicines Iraq had signed with world pharmaceutical companies.
On the other hand, in line with Iraq's inclination to give Russia certain projects, the Iraqi ministry of irrigation offered a Russian company a contract to carry out the Gates of Makhoul dam at the Tigris river in Ninawa province to the north of the country.
In statements issued on Wednesday in the Iraqi economic weekly al-Iqtisadi, the Iraqi minister of irrigation Rasoul Abdul Hussein Sawadi said that the ministry has recently given a contract to a Russian company to carry out the Gates of Makhoul dam, according to Baghdad's decision to give priorities in its projects to the countries which stood against the " smart sanctions" project, adding that the company will, very soon give other projects to Russian companies.
Baghdad had announced that the contracts which it signs in the framework of the oil-for-food agreement will be given to the countries which stand against a project to impose a new system of sanctions against Iraq and these to include Russia..
Iraq in June announced that 6 specialized Iraqi companies had started the implementation of the Makhoul dam project on the Tigris which is of 3.6 Km length of a storage capacity of 13 million cubic meters of waters that will be used for purposes of irrigation, carrying out industrial projects and electricity generation.
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