March 22, 2003 11:45 PM
Jazeera shows grisly pictures of
KUWAIT (Reuters) - Al-Jazeera
television, quoting Iraqi medics, say that 50
people have been killed in U.S. bombing around
southern Iraqi city of Basra and it has
aired grisly footage of dead and wounded
Among the scenes, beamed
across the Arab the world by the Qatar-based
satellite channel, were a child with the back of
head blown off -- it was unclear if it
was a boy or a girl -- and bloodied people being
treated on the floor of a hospital.
a huge mass of civilians," one angry woman told
al-Jazeera, standing among the wounded. "It was
The report could not be
independently confirmed. U.S. and British forces
have been in action around Basra. U.S.
defeated Iraqi forces in a battle on
the outskirts of the city on Saturday, and took
many prisoners, a U.S. officer said.
was not immediately clear who controlled Basra
and there was no other immediate confirmation of
Asked about whether
U.S.-led forces had bombed Basra, a military
spokesman in Qatar declined comment, saying:
considered an ongoing operation and
until it is over we're not going to go out there
one way or another on that."
British forces say they are intent on keeping
civilian casualties to a minimum in their war to
overthrow Iraqi President
Jazeera quoted hospital sources
as saying a total of 50 people were killed --
including one entire family and a Russian
when U.S. F-16 warplanes planes
bombed the city.