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Kuwaiti supertanker is hit in Persian Gulf

The Kuwaiti supertanker Kazimah was hit Sunday by a missile from an unidentified aircraft in the Persian Gulf, but the ship's owners said the damage was not serious.

The chairman of the Kuwait Oil Tanker Co., Abdul-Fatah Al-Badr, told Reuters news agency from Kuwait that the vessel had been hit in two tanks. He said a fire aboard the Kazimah had been extinguished and there were no reports of casualties.

Meanwhile, Iran and Iraq said Sunday they will stop shelling each other's residential areas. The agreement, proposed by UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, was Iran's first acceptance of an attempt to mediate the Gulf war. Iran and Iraq both expressed reservations about the effectiveness of their agreement.

On Friday, Tehran issued an urgent summons to all able-bodied men to rush to the war front to avenge Iraqi attacks on its border cities, Iran's official news agency said. Iran warned Arab states supporting Iraq to stay out of the conflict.

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