Iraqis pelt UN cars with fruit and vegetables

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The Independent Online
Baghdad (Reuter) - Iraqi demonstrators yesterday pelted cars occupied by UN weapons inspectors with fruit and vegetables in an effort to get them to break their vigil outside the agriculture and irrigation ministry.

A spokesman for the UN Special Commission in charge of scrapping Iraq's weapons of mass destruction said later he thought the attack was staged and 'evidence of stepping up intimidation of our inspectors'. No one was injured.

Iraq yesterday rejected a Security Council demand that it grant the inspectors immediate access to the building which they have been watching for three days. 'Such hasty and illogical interpretations make Security Council resolutions meaningless,' said the Foreign Minister, Ahmed Hussein al-Samaraei.