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Arab Stations: 50 Dead in Baghdad Attack

Arab Stations: 50 Dead in Baghdad Attack


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DOHA, Qatar (AP) -- Arabic language television stations reported a U.S. missile struck a market Friday in western Baghdad, killing more than 50 people.

Al-Arabiya television said at least 52 people died at the market in a residential area. Al-Jazeera television put the death toll at 55.

Al-Jazeera showed the injured, many of them children, lying in hospital beds with bandages on their heads and faces. One boy had a blood-soaked bandage on his nose and cried softly as a man and woman sobbed.

The U.S. Central Command in Qatar said it was looking into the reports.

The footage on Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya showed images of anger, pain and mourning. A woman in a black chador wept and beat her face with her hands in a hospital corridor as doctors operated on her son.

A young Iraqi man, with parts of his body soaked with blood, cried out in pain as a doctor tried to remove shrapnel from his legs. "I was hit... A missile landed near our house," said the man, who was not identified.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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