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  Many dead as Baghdad air raid hits market
Updated 26 March 2003, 15.35

Fourteen people have died and another 30 have been injured at a Baghdad market that was hit during an air raid by coalition forces, the Iraqi authorities say.

Two missiles or bombs are thought to have hit the market, in the north of the city, at about 11.30am local time.

An angry crowd gathered at the scene, shouting anti-American slogans.

People have continued shopping at markets despite the war
Markets have been open despite the war
Reuters news agency reporters say they've seen at least 15 bodies near three badly damaged apartment buildings in a residential area of the city.

Some local people have said the number of dead could be as high as 45.

Investigation

Coalition forces are trying to hurt as few civilians as possible so if this is confirmed this is a big blow to them.

A spokesman for the Royal Air Force said that an investigation would be held into the incident.

On Tuesday night military targets and Iraq's main TV station were hit. The station couldn't broadcast anything for three hours.

Civilians in Basra were reported to have staged an uprising against Saddam Hussein's regime on Tuesday night but that hasn't been confirmed yet.

Other main points

  • Seven trucks full of food aid from Kuwait have arrived in the port of Umm Qasr, according to news agency Reuters. There were meant to be 30 but the sandstorm meant they couldn't all get there.

  • The US Navy says minesweepers have cleared a passage to Umm Qasr, where a British ship carrying 231 tonnes of aid is expected to arrive within days.

  • British Prime Minister Tony Blair is flying to the US later on Wednesday to discuss how the war is going with President Bush

  • The talks will focus on rebuilding a post-war Iraq



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