Iraq said Friday it fired surface-to-air missiles at US and British planes over-flying the country.
A military spokesman said "enemy" aircraft coming from Kuwait and Saudi Arabia carried out 22 sorties over southern provinces.
"Missile units and Iraqi anti-aircraft fire met these planes, forcing them to flee back to their bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait," the spokesman was quoted by the official INA news agency as saying.
Iraqi anti-aircraft batteries fire on an almost daily basis at US and British planes controlling the no-fly zones to the north of the 36th parallel and south of the 33rd over Iraq.
Baghdad says the raids have left 297 dead and 884 wounded since December 1998 – BAGHDAD (AFP)
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