correspondent said the funeral of 15 people, who were part of the
same family, took place in Basra this afternoon.
He said the people were killed when missiles hit eight houses in
Basra, a predominately Shi'ite Muslim city of 1.5 million.
The US-led coalition said today it had bombed the Basra residence
of Saddam Hussein's cousin and top aide, Ali Hassan al-Majid, known
as "Chemical Ali" for his ruthless campaign against the Kurds in
Two coalition aircraft struck the building with "laser-guided
munitions", US Central Command said in a statement.
Basra has been surrounded for nearly two weeks by British troops,
who are steadily picking away at loyalist forces inside the city.