Iraqi information minister: British soldiers captured
An unspecified number of British soldiers have surrendered in a small town near Nasiriyah in southern Iraq, Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf said on Saturday.
He told a press conference that the media accounts by the US-led coalition were "misleading" and "lies" as Iraqi forces were still engaged in fighting with invading troops in and around Umm Qasr, and the front line of the aggressors have been stopped due to resistance by Iraqi soldiers.
There was a large number of casualties on the side of the US-led forces, he said. In the strategic Faw peninsula, the Iraqi soldiers were still in position and fighting, he conveyed.
According to him, the Iraqi forces have also destroyed five enemy tanks and a number of military vehicles in fighting near Nasiriyadh, 360 kilometers to the south of Baghdad.
The British soldiers who have surrendered are kept with the local tribal families in the small town, according to al-Sahaf.
Sahaf said 207 civilians, most of them women and children, were wounded in the massive US and British bombardment on Baghdad Friday night.
They were "hit in their homes" and were being treated in five hospitals around the capital, said the minister, adding that "I invite you to visit them and ask them how and where they were hurt." (Albawaba.com)
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