PERSIAN GULF — 2 sailors die in bus crash; soldier dies of wounds
Two sailors from the aircraft carrier USS Midway died Sunday when their tour bus overturned on a liberty excursion in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, the military's Joint Information Bureau announced yesterday. Five other sailors were injured, two seriously, in the accident.
Also, it was announced yesterday that one of five soldiers injured a training accident last week has died.
The soldiers from the 3/320th Field Artillery of the 101st Airborne Division were participating in a training exercise Thursday when a 105mm howitzer exploded.
One of the soldiers, who had been in a coma, died Sunday, the military said.
Ex-hostages face charges for their hotel expenses
The Netherlands plans to charge nationals held hostages in Baghdad for the cost of their hotels.
The Dutch Foreign Ministry said it had been billed for about $47,000 by hotels.
"The hostages were offered acommondation in Dutch Embassy-owned buildings, which would have been free, but most did not take up the offer, so we will pass on to them the cost of their hotel bills," a spokeswoman said.