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Iran-Iraq: Abadan aboil, UN team to seek a truce

By With Analysis from Monitor Correspondents around the world, Edited by Randy Shipp / November 7, 1980

Baghdad, Iraq

Iraqi troops battling for control of the Iranian city of Abadan are shelling hospitals and houses with mortars and cluster missiles and have killed relief officials tending victims of street fighting, Tehran Radio said. The claims of civilian casualties came as the UN Security Council decided to send a delegation to Tehran and Baghdad to try to arrange a truce in the war between the Muslim neighbors. After a week of consultations, the Council unanimously approved a cautiously worded statement supporting Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim's plan to send a Council representative "to facilitate authoritative communication with and between the two governments."

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