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Iraq: Baghdad Hit By Rocket Attacks

Baghdad, 21 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Rockets hit two hotels as well as the Oil Ministry building in the Iraqi capital Baghdad this morning. In the first attack, rockets hit the upper floors of the former Sheraton and Palestine hotels. An unspecified number of people were reported injured, and all guests were evacuated. The hotels are popular with foreign journalists and Western contractors.

U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police discovered a rocket launcher attached to a donkey cart on a nearby street.

Shortly thereafter, reports came in that the Oil Ministry had been hit by three rockets and was ablaze. Details are still coming in on that attack.

Last month, insurgents fired rockets at Baghdad's Al-Rasheed Hotel in the so-called Green Zone, which houses the U.S. occupation authority. One U.S. soldier was killed and a number of people wounded in that strike.