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  Iraq rocked by major bombing campaign
Updated 22 March 2003, 09.55
A building in the presidential palace area in Baghdad has been struck by a missile
Explosions rocked Baghdad again on Saturday as the Allies continued their massive air attack on the city.

US and UK forces have launched their major bombardment campaign, after a small-scale start to the war with Iraq.

Hundreds of bombs and missiles hit Iraq's capital city, sending massive clouds of smoke into the sky.

Missiles

The coalition forces targeted Saddam Hussein, his men and key military targets.

Iraqi officials say 200 members of the public were killed in the raids.

This comes as seven UK crew members have been reported missing after two Royal Navy Sea King helicopters collided over the Gulf on Saturday.

Ground troops are heading into southern Iraq
UK officials insist the crash was not caused by enemy action.

America said this heavy bombing phase of the war would continue, and US forces planned to drop more than 1,500 bombs and missiles in Iraq as part of the campaign.

There are also reports that as many as 8,000 Iraqi troops have surrendered to US forces near Basra, the second largest city in Iraq. They're said to be members of Iraq's 51st Infantry Division.

But Iraqi officials have denied this.



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