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Fresh Raids Rock Baghdad, No Sirens

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fresh explosions rocked the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Saturday as planes dropped a string of bombs on targets across the city, a Reuters witness said.

The city's air raid sirens gave no notice of the afternoon attack and there was no Iraqi anti-aircraft fire, which was fierce during overnight U.S. air and missile strikes on the city.

"We can hear the sound of warplanes. I have heard six explosions. They started on the outskirts and gradually moved in toward the center," Reuters correspondent Khaled Oweis said.

"There were no air raid sirens," he said, adding that he could hear no Iraqi anti-aircraft fire.

Oweis said that one of the blasts came from the direction of al-Doura, an area in the east of the city with a power station and a refinery.

He said that with two other daylight raids on the city earlier in the day, air raid sirens only sounded after the attacks.


photo credit and caption:
An elderly Iraqi man searches for goods at a tourist complex destroyed in a recent U.S.-led air strike in Baghdad. Half a dozen explosions rocked Baghdad early on Saturday as the city awoke after a fearsome night blitz unleashed by the United States and Britain. Photo by Akram Saleh/Reuters

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