Tuesday, January 26, 1999 Published at 22:19 GMT
Renewed clashes over Iraq
The US has admitted that a stray missile may have hit Basra
President Saddam Hussein has vowed to avenge victims of the US missile strikes on the southern Iraqi city of Basra as the US continued to carry out strikes against military targets in the no-fly zones.
US forces fired on three Iraqi targets near the northern city of Mosul and air-raid sirens sounded twice in Basra where relief operations are continuing in a neighbourhood hit by a missile on Monday.
Up to three separate strikes against unseen targets were made though he could not confirm what they had hit or the extent of the damage. Iraqi anti-aircraft guns only opened fire twice in response to the attacks.
Iraq says at least 11 civilians were killed in attacks on Basra on Monday. The US concedes that one of its missiles may have been responsible for the deaths.
Although he did not single out Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, the two states were named in an Iraqi parliament debate on responses to the latest missile attacks.
Some MPs went further. "I call upon the National Assembly members to adopt a recommendation to revoke recognition of Kuwait, demarcation of borders and to confront the Kuwaiti-Saudi conspiracy," said Ahmed Mohammed al-Atroushi.
US 'may have hit' Basra
There are no independent reports of what happened in Basra, but journalists who reached the city saw several damaged buildings, wrecked vehicles and people apparently in shock.
Access to casualties was not allowed but the BBC's Correspondent in Baghdad, Humphrey Hawksley, says authorities may allow United Nations observers in.
US Commander of Gulf forces General Anthony Zinni said: "We have the possibility that one missile may have been errant".
The US deeply regretted any civilian casualties in Basra, he said, but added that President Saddam Hussein had initiated the action.