[size=36]After 30 years, London apologizes for the plane used by Saddam Hussein during the invasion of Kuwait[/size]
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The British government apologized, on Tuesday, in the case of British Airways plane passengers who were taken hostage by Saddam Hussein and used as human shields, acknowledging, after thirty years, that it did not warn the company that Iraq invaded Kuwait, where the plane landed.
Flight BA149 took off from London bound for Kuala Lumpur, and stopped in Kuwait, the capital, on August 2, 1990, hours after the Iraqi invasion of the country, which later led to the outbreak of the Second Gulf War.
The passengers were rounded up for several days at a nearby hotel under the control of the Iraqi Chief of Staff, and then transported to Baghdad and used as "human shields" at strategic locations.
Several of the 367 passengers and crew members spent more than four months in captivity, and were placed in positions that are potential targets for the Western Alliance.
For three decades, former hostages have been striving to find out some information that specifically belongs to the British government, asking it to take responsibility.
On Tuesday, British Foreign Secretary Lise Truss told Parliament that the British ambassador to Kuwait had informed London of an Iraqi invasion around midnight on August 2, 1990, that is, after the plane had taken off. However, no warning message was sent to British Airways, which could have diverted the plane.
Trass acknowledged that "the (Ambassador's) appeal has never been disclosed or publicly acknowledged until today... neither in Parliament nor in public opinion," considering that "this failure is unacceptable."
"As the current minister, I offer my apologies in Parliament and express my deepest sympathy to the people who have been detained and mistreated," she added.
However, Truss rejected accusations made in a book published in Britain called Operation Trojan Horse that the government used the flight, which was officially two hours late due to "technical problems", to send nine intelligence officials to Kuwait and was aware of the danger to civilians. .
The book's author, Stephen Davis, explains that London received information from US intelligence informing it of the Iraqi invasion. He adds that the control tower was refusing to land all other flights that night.
Barry Manners, 55, a former hostage, said he rejects government apologies, which he accuses of also lying about British intelligence agents. "The hell were they then? The rugby team members?" he said sarcastically, adding, "It was enough just to look at them, I know they were soldiers."
For its part, the airline, which was accused of negligence and cover-up, welcomed "these documents confirming that British Airways was not informed of the invasion." Ended 29 / h