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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait said it was sending eight water
purification and desalination plants to Iraq to help prevent the
spread of cholera.
The statement from the Kuwaiti Cabinet's weekly meeting did not
say when the plants would be sent or give other details.
Two hospitals have reported 17 cases of cholera in Basra, Iraq's
second largest city. The World Health Organization fears far more
have gone unreported.
Water facilities damaged during the U.S.-led war that toppled
Saddam Hussein are still not working to full capacity, depriving most
Iraqis of clean drinking water.
Kuwait was invaded by Saddam's forces in August 1990 and occupied
for seven months before a U.S.-led coalition drove Iraqis out in the
1991 Gulf War.
Seeking to prove it has no quarrel with the Iraqi people, this
small oil-rich state has offered them food and medical aide. It has
also supplied the southern Iraqi town of Umm Qasr with desalinated
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