Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Report: 10 children among civilians killed in Diwaniya air strike

Left: Men gather outside a house damaged after the U.S. airstrike.

The U.S. military said on Tuesday it was reviewing an air strike on insurgent targets in a southern Iraqi city after local officials reported it killed 10 civilians, including six children.

In a statement, the U.S. military said two F-16 fighter jets hit targets in a street in the Shi'ite Muslim city of Diwaniya after militants fired up to 75 mortar bombs and rockets at the Camp Echo coalition military base early on Monday morning.

"Coalition forces are reviewing the incident to ensure that appropriate and proportionate force was used in responding to the intense attack," the statement said, without referring to any Iraqi casualties.

Hameed al-Juati, a senior health official in Diwaniya, told a local radio on Monday that 10 civilians had been killed. A hospital and a police source also said 10 people had died.

The hospital source said the dead included six children under the age of 12. He put the number of wounded at 30.

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