Remains of 63 Iraqis repatriated from the Kingdom

April 1, 2008

The remains of 63 Iraqis who died in the 1991 Gulf War have been repatriated from Saudi Arabia under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

According to a statement released yesterday by ICRC, the remains included 62 Iraqi soldiers and a seven-month-old Iraqi girl who died in a refugee camp. All of the bodies have been identified.

At the invitation of Saudi authorities, ICRC delegates attended the exhumation of the remains, which were transported through Kuwait, and handed them over to Iraqi authorities.

Until the families can be located, the bodies will remain at the Al-Zubair Center, which Iraqi authorities established in 1991 to store unidentified and unclaimed remains of Iraqi soldiers killed in action.

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