- Title: IRAQ: SHI'ITE MILITIAMEN CLASH WITH U.S.TROOPS IN BAGHDAD'S SADR CITY.
- Date: 9th May 2004
- Summary: (W4) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MAY 9, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. LV/PAN: MASKED AND ARMED MILITIAMEN RUNNING ACROSS A STREET IN SADR CITY/ AUDIO OF LOUD EXPLOSION. 0.07 2. LV/ZOOM IN: MILITIAMAN SHOOTING IN THE AIR WITH ANOTHER HOLDING THE AMMUNITION/ U.S. HELICOPTER FLYING LOW. 0.17 3. MV/TRACK: MASKED MILITIAMAN DIVERTING TRAFFIC. 0.28 4. SCU: ARMED AND MASKED MILITIAMAN LAUGHING/CU: ON MILITIAMAN'S AMMUNITION BELT STRAPPED AROUND HIS BODY. (2 SHOTS) 0.44 5. MV: WEAPONS AND MASKED MILITIAMEN IN STREET. 0.48 6. MV: MASKED MILITIAMAN HOLDING UP WEAPON ON ONE HAND AND GIVING VICTORY SIGH WITH THE OTHER AS HE STANDS IN STREET. 0.57 (W3) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MAY 9, 2004) (REUTERS) 7. WS: U.S. TANKS AT THE ENTRANCE OF SADR CITY. 1.02 8. SCU/CU: OF U.S. TANK. (2 SHOTS) 1.15 9. WS: US HUMVEE AND ARMOURED VEHICLE DRIVE OFF. 1.24 (W4) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MAY 9, 2004) (REUTERS) 10. WS: PEOPLE TAKING COVER BEHIND CORNER OF BUILDING, SMOKE IN THE BACKGROUND/ AUDIO OF SHOOTING. 1.33 11. WS: PEOPLE AROUND A CAR, DIVERTING TRAFFIC. 1.41 12. WS/PAN: PEOPLE GATHERED AROUND STREET (AUDIO OF HEAVY GUNFIRE) SMOKE RISING IN BACKGROUND. 1.48 (U4) BAGHDAD, IRAQ (MAY 9, 2004) (REUTERS) 13. WS: MAN RUNNING IN EMPTY STREET/ AUDIO OF GUNFIRE. 1.59 14. LV: EMPTY STREET. 2.04 15. LV: U.S. TANK IN THE DISTANCE/ AUDIO OF GUNFIRE/ YOUNG BOYS RUNNING IN THE STREETS. 2.14 16. TRACK: FIREFIGHTERS DRIVING DOWN THE STREET. 2.24 17. MLV: AMBULANCE DRIVING OFF (AUDIO SIRENS) 2.33 18. MV: LITTLE GIRLS RUNNING BACK INTO THEIR HOUSE. 2.39 19. VARIOUS: TWO WOUNDED CHILDREN ON THE BACK OF A TRUCK. 2.50 20. SCU/TRACK : MAN CARRYING A YOUNG WOUNDED CHILD INTO TRUCK. 2.57 21. CU: WOUNDED MAN IN THE BACK OF TRUCK/ TRUCK DRIVES AWAY. 3.06 22. WS: SMOULDERING BURNED OUT CAR (BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN DESTROYED BY TANK FIRE) 3.13 23. MLV/MV: PEOPLE OUTSIDE HOUSE. (2 SHOTS) 3.26 24. CU/MV: BUILDING DAMAGED BY HEAVY SHOOTING/ POCKMARKED WALL. (2 SHOTS) 3.37 25. SCU: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT SAYING: "We are families sitting at home. There six to eight families in each house. About 20 children in this house. The American shelled us with tanks and machine guns. Is this a war zone? This is just a poor neighbourhood!" 3.53 26. WS: BURNING TYRE IN THE STREET, CARS DRIVING THROUGH SMOKE. 4.00 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 24th May 2004 13:00
- Location: BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA8CQEDUIHXWFJAC4SCRX1P6PCI
- Story Text: Shi'ite Mehdi Army militiamen clash with U.S. troops
in Baghdad's Sadr City.
The sound of shooting filled the streets of
Baghdad's Sadr City, surrounded by U.S. tanks, and
witnesses say they saw sporadic clashes between U.S.
soldiers and militiamen on Sunday (May 9).
Several children were wounded in the shooting and
rushed to hospital on the back of trucks.
Witnesses said Mehdi Army militiamen fired at U.S.
soldiers with guns and RPGs (rocket propelled grenades),
who returned fire with guns and from tanks. One car was
destroyed by tank fire.
Militiamen from the Mehdi Army, loyal to radical and
rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada Sadr, took to the streets a
day after U.S. tanks and armoured vehicles briefly circled
Sadr's offices in the area and arrested four aides in a
move to step up pressure on the militia leader holed up in
the holy Shi'ite city of Najaf to the south.
The U.S. military has stepped up operations against
Sadr in recent days, putting pressure on the Mehdi Army in
Najaf and nearby Kerbala, where the militia took control of
the central areas.
During Sunday's clashes in Sadr City, people took
refuge where they could find it to escape the shooting.
Some building showed pockmarks from heavy firing. Some
families took away children and members of their families
who appeared to be wounded.
One man said the shooting came dangerously close to his
"We are families sitting at home. There 6 to 8 families
in each house. About 20 children in this house. The
American shelled us with tanks and machine guns. Is this a
war zone? This is just a poor neighbourhood!" the man said.
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