Kuwait finds mass grave of 55 Iraqi soldiers killed in 1990-1991

May 6, 2010
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Kuwait’s interior ministry on Thursday said that it had unearthed a mass grave of 55 Iraqi soldiers killed around 20 years ago in the north of the country.

The grave was discovered by a team from the ministry’s criminal investigations department, Brig. Muhammad Hashem Al Sabr, the ministry’s spokesman told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Multi-National Force in Iraq, as well as Iraq’s Ministry of Human Rights and Department of Forensic Medicine were present at the unearthing, the official news agency said.

“Acting on information received by Kuwait’s National Committee for Missing and POW’s Affairs, the Ministry’s criminal investigations department formed a taskforce,” Al Sabr said. “The taskforce started searching the suspected site on Tuesday and discovered the mass grave today,” he said.

The 55 Iraqi soldiers were killed during Kuwait Libration war, also known as Operation Desert Storm, that lasted from August 2, 1990 to February 28, 1991.

“It was easy to identify the bodies from their uniform and the attached Iraqi military IDs as well as the burial permits issued by the then allied forces,” Al Sabr said.

Kuwait will hand over the bodies to the Iraqis in collaboration with the ICRC and by the Kuwaiti National Committee for Missing and POW’s Affairs.

         

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