BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. aircraft
hit a Red Crescent maternity hospital in Baghdad, the city's trade fair,
and other civilian buildings on Wednesday, killing several people and
wounding at least 25, hospital sources and a Reuters witness said.
The attacks occurred at 9:30
a.m. and caught motorists by surprise as they ventured out during a
lull in the bombing. At least five cars were crushed with drivers burned
to death inside, Reuters correspondent Samia Nakhoul said.
At least three doctors and
nurses working at the Iraqi Red Crescent hospital were wounded in the
blasts. Among the wounded were patients who had come to hospital for
The missiles obliterated wings
of Baghdad's trade fair building, which lies next to a government security
office that was apparently missed in the bombings.