Dutch government covers up killing Iraqi civilians

This video from the USA says about itself:

Report: US Kills 31x More Iraqi Civilians Than Pentagon Claims

Translated from Dutch NOS TV, 29 November 2017:

The Netherlands is among all participants least open about the number of civilian victims of coalition bombardments in the fight against ISIS. That is what Chris Woods of the Airwars organization says. They keeps track of how many attacks the coalition has carried out in Syria and Iraq and how many civilians have been killed.

Woods was one of the speakers who came to the Dutch House of Representatives to discuss the number of civilian casualties in the fight against ISIS. The meeting was organized by Socialist Party Member of Parliament Karabulut.

The director of Airwars says that some 6,000 civilians have been killed by coalition bombardments. According to him, the coalition claims it is less than 800. That number seems unlikely to Woods, given the intensity of the fighting. …

In an earlier phase of the mission the Netherlands participated about 400 times in the bombing and according to Woods insists that no civilian victim has fallen. He can hardly believe that because bombing – even in the case of precision bombardments – can hardly prevent unintentional casualties.

In his view, the Netherlands is the least transparent about victims who are ‘accidentally’ killed by the countries that still participate in the coalition. “The Netherlands is lagging behind its allies,” he says. …

Dutch responsibility

Human rights lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld thinks that the Netherlands, even now that it no longer actively participates in the bombing, is partly responsible for civilian casualties … . You participate in a coalition that carries out bombing, is her opinion. And it is usually unclear which country has performed which action. “So it remains a Dutch responsibility.”

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