More than 1.8 million Iraqis died since 1990 because of the embargo
Iraq, Politics, 1/18/1999
More than 1.8 million Iraqis have died since 1990 because of the gulf war and the embargo imposed on Iraq, said Iraqi minister of health, Oumid Medhat Mubarak.
In a statement to the Iraqi news agency INA, the official said 1,873,464 Iraqis died in view of the armed conflict, the embargo and the military strikes against Iraq. The casualties among children below five are of 428,920, he said.
Infant mortality rate had been multiplied by almost four fold, going up from 24 per one thousand in 1990 to 98 per one thousand at present.
Currently, he said, some 8,600 children above five die every month while the number did not exceed 1,600 before the gulf crisis.
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