Posted: April 6, 2004
at 2:47 p.m.
On the Fallujah front, Marines drove into the center of the Sunni city
in heavy fighting before pulling back before nightfall. The assault had
been promised after the brutal killings and mutilations of four American
civilians there last week. Hospital officials said eight Iraqis died
Tuesday and 20 were wounded, including
women and children.
Sixteen Iraqis died in battles with US Marines in Fallujah,
and at least 26 more – many of them women
and children – were killed in a late-night
rocket strike by the US military, hospital officials said.
U.S. warplanes firing rockets destroyed four houses in Fallujah after
nightfall Tuesday, witnesses said. A doctor said 26 Iraqis, including
women and children, were killed and 30 wounded in the
strike. The deaths brought to 34 the number of Iraqis killed in Fallujah
on Tuesday, including eight who died in street battles earlier in the