Iraq Plans to Sue Israel Over 1981 Nuclear Reactor Bombing

Iraq's parliament has been working on initial steps for demanding compensation from Israel for several years.

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The Osirak nuclear reactor, Iraq.
The Osirak nuclear reactor, Iraq.Credit: Israel Air Force
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Iraq plans to sue Israel over the 1981 bombing of the Iraqi nuclear site Osirak, the deputy speaker of parliament, Humam Hamoudi, said in a statement.

The announcement, which was reported on Wednesday, comes just days after the 35th anniversary of the attack. Iraq's parliament has been working on initial steps for demanding compensation from Israel for several years.

The 1981 attack was condemned unanimously by the UN Security Council in resolution 487, which noted that the site was approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The resolution said Iraq was entitled to "appropriate redress."

Israel, which dubbed the attack on Iraq Operation Opera, remains outside of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and refuses to confirm the existence of nuclear weapons assumed to be in its possession.

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