Soldiers Hurt during Iraqi Squatter Clash
Byline: Tom Whitehead
Three British soldiers were injured as they clashed with stonethrowing Iraqis in Basra yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said.
The troops were caught up in angry scenes in Iraq's second city as they tried to evict squatters from a government building.
Three suffered minor injuries as video footage of the violent confrontation, which showed troops using batons to beat back their attackers, was shown around the world.
Reports claimed the squatters were anti-coalition activists who had occupied the building, but an MoD spokesman said that was not clear and investigations were ongoing.
The incident follows a number of …
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