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Iraq to seek compensation from Israel for ’81 airstrike

The Iraqi parliament is working on a law that, if approved, would require the Iraqi government to formally seek compensation from Israel for the 1981 airstrike that destroyed the French-built Osirak nuclear reactor.

The draft law, which was submitted to the presidency of the Parliament on Wednesday, is seeking compensation from Israel for damages caused by the strike.

In addition to destroying the reactor, he believes the airstrike killed at least 11 Iraqis – including military personnel.

In his statement, MP Oday Awad, the author of the proposed law, said that the 1981 airstrike was a “clear violation of international agreements” in which Iraq had a “right to claim compensation.”

On June 7, 1981, Israel attacked the semi-Osirak nuclear reactor under construction with the help of French technicians in Iraq.

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