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Civilian Deaths in the NATO Air Campaign

Released in February 2000, this 79-page report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) maintains that approximately 500 civilians lost their lives in 90 separate incidents as a result of NATO bombing in Yugoslavia last year. The number of deaths is much higher than admitted by the NATO governments, and much lower than the Yugoslav government's claims. Based on a three-week investigation of 42 sites in Yugoslavia conducted last August, the report concludes that "NATO committed violations of international humanitarian law." It also reveals that "US commanders issued a secret executive order in May 1999 for U.S. forces to cease using cluster bombs," which were responsible for up to 150 civilian deaths by May 13, and that British forces continued to drop cluster bombs after the US forces discontinued their use. The full report is available online in HTML format and is accompanied by three appendices and a photo gallery.
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Date of Scout Publication 2000-02-11
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2000/0211

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