Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Another hospital under construction

The Gulf Daily News reports:

Labourers digging on a construction site in northern Iraq uncovered human skulls and bones yesterday which interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said were part of a mass grave believed to contain more than 500 bodies.

Allawi told Iraq's National Council in Baghdad that the grave was found near the city of Sulaimaniya in the autonomous Kurdish region in the northeast of the country, where Saddam Hussein's forces carried out atrocities in the late 1980s.

Allawi gave no further details but residents living nearby said workers found the remains while preparing the ground for a new hospital near a highway in Debashan, north of Sulaimaniya.

Reuters adds:

Evidence gathered from mass graves is expected to form a central part of the trials of the former president and his top deputies, accused of war crimes and other crimes against humanity during their decades in power.

It'll be a long time before we have a real idea of the extent of Saddam's brutality. By the way, how was the grave discovered? While workers were building a hospital? Ironic.