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HUMAN SHIELD GROUP CUT OFF.

Byline: THOMAS MARTIN

PEACE campaigners who have reached Iraq to form a human shield against military attacks have had their telephones confiscated.

Liverpool teacher Adele Peers is among almost 70 anti-war activists in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

They have had only sporadic contact with the outside world since they crossed the border at the weekend.

But the ECHO today reached the apartment hotel where 23-year-old Adele is staying.

We were told she was inspecting a hospital, which could be a site protected by human shield volunteers.

Adele also made brief contact with her mother Barbara in Liverpool yesterday afternoon. Mrs Peers said: ``She said she had to go to a meeting and I should try and ring her later, as it is very expensive for them to call Britain. But I haven't been able to get through.

``A friend of hers had also received a call and said Adele wanted to know where she could buy a car.''

A spokesman for the TJP Human Shield Action Iraq organisation in London confirmed that contact with the group is difficult.

He said: ``On entering Iraq from Syria, all mobile phones and satellite phones were confiscated.

``They have been helped by the Friendship, Peace and Solidarity Organisation in Baghdad, which has helped them find accommodation and provided tours to future civilian targets during possible military action.

``They have been told they are free to decide where they would like to go within Iraq.

``The TJP Human Shield Action Iraq does not encourage any members of the convoy to put themselves at risk by positioning themselves at any civilian or military installations.''

Thirty more volunteers were due to arrive in Jordan today to join up with another 100 to travel on to Baghdad. The same number are due to fly out from Heathrow on Friday.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Feb 18, 2003
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