INTRODUCTION: Israeli aircraft have destroyed one of Iraq's two nuclear power station projects to prevent it making atom bombs for use against the Jewish State.
GV (MUTE) (30 Sept., 1980) Plume of black smoke from building near Baghdad.
GV Ambulance drives through streets, lined with burning buildings.
GV Fire engines in street as people mill about.
GV PAN Ambulance arrives at burning plant.
SCU U.S. State Department's Dean Fischer speaking.
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SEQ. 5: FISCHER: "A very serious development and a source of utmost concern. We have no first hand details of the attack or of the overall damage, including radiation, including casualties. Our initial estimate of potential radiation effects is that they would probably be minimal and limited to the immediate vicinity of the installation."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Israeli aircraft have destroyed one of Iraq's two nuclear power station projects to prevent it making atom bombs for use against the Jewish State. The Israeli government said on Monday (8 June) that Phantom warplanes attacked the site on Baghdad's outskirts on Sunday (7 June), to prevent the commissioning of the plant, scheduled for the next few weeks. They say they chose Sunday for the raid to avoid casualties among the 300 French scientists and technicians who would not be working at the reactor on the Christian Sabbath. But in Paris, French President Francois Mitterrand announced late on Monday that one French technician -- a man aged about 40 -- was killed. Israeli says all aircraft involved returned undamaged after a successful raid, while Iraq has been non-committal. The raid comes as a setback for Iraq which has suffered several air attacks on its power plants, both nuclear and conventional, since the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war last September.
SYNOPSIS: At about the same time as Iranian bombers struck this oil-fired electricity generation complex on Baghdad's outskirts one week after the start of the Iran-Iraq war, a nuclear plant nearby was also damaged in an air raid. Israel says Sunday's raid was mounted after extensive soul-searching, but there's been widespread international condemnation, including criticism from the United States.