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450 civilian dies daily on average since Iraqi war
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13:38, March 13, 2008

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The average daily toll of Iraqi civilians reached 450, says the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007 issued by China here on Thursday.

It was reported that since the invasion in 2003, 660,000 Iraqis have died, of which 99 percent were civilians, and that translates into a daily toll of 450, says the report released by the Information Office of China's State Council.

The invasion of Iraq by American troops has produced the biggest human rights tragedy and the greatest humanitarian disaster in the modern world, says the report.

A report from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) revealed that about one million Iraqis were homeless, half of whom were children. There were 75,000 children living in refugee camps or makeshift shelters. About 760,000 pupils could not go to school.

A U.S. security services company named Blackwater with State Department background shot dead 17 Iraqis for no reason on Sep. 16, 2007, and it was given immunity by the State Department, according to a report of the China Press.

Investigation by the Iraqi government later found that Blackwater guards had killed 21 Iraqis and injured 27 others before that.

The U.S. State Department investigation showed that Blackwater was involved in 56 shooting cases in Iraq in 2007. A U.S. Congress report said the company was involved in nearly 200 shooting cases in Iraq since 2005, and 84 percent of them were random shooting.

In addition, an Apache gunship opened fired on Oct. 23, 2007at a group of people suspected of planting roadside bombs near Samarra in north Baghdad, killing at least 11 people, including 6 Iraqi civilians. But local police and eyewitnesses said the number of civilians killed was 14,according to a report from the Associated Press.

Even worse, commanders of the 1st Battalion of the 501st Infantry Regiment made a baiting program to kill more insurgents, in which weapons were dropped as a bait, and if someone picked them up, the snipers would shot them. Many Iraqi civilians were killed in this way, said the Los Angeles Times.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the number of civilian deaths in Iraq has exceeded one million.

Source: Xinhua



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