IK/168 SC/5813 28 March 1994 CROWD ATTACKS SPECIAL COMMISSION HELICOPTER DURING MEDICAL EVACUATION The following has been received from the Special Commission set up under Security Council resolution 687 (1991) in connection with the disposal of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction: During a medical evacuation operation in Mosul, Iraq, a Special Commission helicopter was attacked by a crowd. Stones were thrown at the aircraft, damaging the rotor blades and fuselage and smashing three of the windows. Iraqi military personnel at the site of the incident failed to protect the helicopter. The incident happened yesterday at 4 p.m. local time at the Saddam Hospital in Mosul. The Special Commission had been requested by the United Nations Guards to assist in the medical evacuation of two guards suffering from gunshot wounds received when their bus was ambushed. The Iraqi authorities had been informed of the operation and had expressed agreement to it. Upon landing at the hospital, the helicopter was surrounded by a crowd. When the ambulance arrived with the two guards, the crowd sought to hinder its passage to the aircraft and started to throw stones. Only a few of the Iraqi military personnel on hand sought to intervene, ineffectively. Once the injured had been loaded onto the helicopter, the Iraqi soldiers gave up their efforts to control the crowd, who pelted the helicopter with stones, placing the aircraft and those on board in severe danger. The Iraqi Government is required, under its obligations in respect of United Nations operations in Iraq and, in particular, under the status arrangement through which the Special Commission operates in Iraq set out in resolution 707 (1991) and the plans for ongoing monitoring and verification approved by resolution 715 (1991), to ensure the safety and security of Special Commission personnel and property. * *** * .