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[casi] Al-Jazeera in Basra - "no signs of uprising"

26 Mar 2003 06:19:46 GMT
Al-Jazeera TV says no signs of Basra uprising (Reuters)

KUWAIT, March 26 (Reuters) - Al-Jazeera television said on
Wednesday there were no signs of unrest in the southern Iraqi city of Basra
despite British reports that an uprising against President Saddam Hussein
may have started there. "The streets of Basra are very calm and there are
no indications of violence or riots," Jazeera's Basra correspondent
Mohammed al- Abdallah told the Qatar-based network. "There are no signs of
the reported uprising. All we can hear are distant explosions in the
southeast, and we believe fighting is going on there." Jazeera is one of
few international networks with a correspondent in Basra, Iraq's second
city where British forces on Tuesday attacked specific targets and captured
a top official of Saddam's Baath party. Later, British chief-of-staff Major
General Peter Wall said there were indications a revolt might be underway
in Basra, a Shi'ite Muslim stronghold. Reports of unrest first came from
British reporters near the city, but these were denied by Iraq's
information minister. The people of Basra rose up against Saddam's
Sunni-dominated government after the 1991 Gulf War, but their revolt was

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