Santa makes his presents felt

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A plane carrying medicine and an Icelandic Santa Claus loaded with Christmas presents landed in Iraq, the second flight of UN-approved humanitarian aid to arrive in two days.

As the Santa disembarked he said: "Stop killing my children." Referring to the UN embargo, which has caused malnutrition, he added: "Violence leads to more violence. Stop using children in politics."

The plane was chartered by the Icelandic charity Peace 2000 Institute in collaboration with an Italian group called Bridge to Baghdad. Iraq says sanctions imposed after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait have caused the death of hundreds of thousands of children. A UN report said the measures had inflicted widespread malnutrition.

- Reuters, Baghdad

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