A U.S. church leader has called for an end to U.N. trade sanctions against Iraq, saying they hurt civilians and leave government officials untouched.

The Rev. Rodney Page of the National Council of Churches called the sanctions on Iraq "unjust" and "inhumane," advocating that they be lifted.Page led a group of U.S. clergymen to Iraq, along with $100,000 in medicine and surgical supplies for hospitals.