May 6, 2010 / 3:12 PM / in 9 years

Kuwait says finds Gulf War mass grave of Iraq troops

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwaiti authorities have found a mass grave of 55 Iraqi soldiers killed in the 1991 Gulf War, the state news agency KUNA said Thursday.

Iraqi military badges and death certificates issued by the U.S.-led coalition forces that fought the war with Iraq were found in the grave, an Interior Ministry spokesman told the agency.

The remains will be handed to Iraq through the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The search for the mass grave in northern Kuwait started based on tips from the ICRC and a Kuwaiti committee that has been trying to determine the fate of some 600 Kuwaitis and others who disappeared in the Gulf crisis that was sparked by Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, he said.

More than 360 Kuwaitis and others who lived in Kuwait when Iraq invaded it are still unaccounted for. Remains of the rest were found in mass graves in Iraq.

Reporting by Diana Elias

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