Updated at 7:15 p.m. EDT, May 8, 2008
Iraqi authorities ordered
residents of Sadr City to temporarily abandon the Shi'ite suburb of Baghdad as
fighting between Iraqi forces and the Mahdi army continue. At least 52 Iraqis
were killed and 157 more were wounded across the country. A number of people
were also killed or wounded in Basra, but their nationalities were not released.
No Coalition deaths were reported.
Hospital officials reported 15
dead and 112 wounded at two Sadr City hospitals. Women, children, and
the elderly were among the casualties. Fourteen gunmen may
also be among the 19 dead already reported. Meanwhile, Iraqi security forces
to leave the city and take temporary shelter elsewhere. Over 8,000 of the city's
2.5 million people have already left. Heavy fighting has taken place there since
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ramped up his campaign against political rival
Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr two months ago under the guise of a security operation
In Baghdad, two
dumped bodies were found. No
casualties were reported after a rocket hit the BBC office. A Katyusha
rocket injured three people
in Mansour. No
casualties were reported during mortar attacks on the Green Zone. U.S. airstrikes
injured eight people
in Obeidi and Fadhiliya. Mortars in Fadhiliya left
two dead and eight wounded. Three
people were injured on Palestine St. when their home was hit
by mortar fire. Also, U.S. forces denied
having helped close down a Sadrist radio station yesterday.
fighting in Basra left
a total of two people dead and eight more injured. The nationalities of the casualties
were not reported, but it is known that four of the injured were Coalition soldiers.
of the attackers were killed during a U.S. airstrike.
Iraqi soldiers were killed and nine were wounded during an attack near Ramadi.
Then, U.S. forces provided support and killed
people were wounded when gunmen attacked a police station in Yathrib.
Women were among the wounded.
The government asked Syria to investigate
reports that gunmen, who killed
13 policemen in the area of al-Qaim, were based across the border and
staging attacks from there.
In Baiji, three
Sahwa members were shot dead at an Awakening Council (Sahwa) checkpoint.
An IED killed
a woman and injured two others in Arab Jabara.
four Iraqi soldiers were wounded
during a roadside bombing.
U.S. forces arrested
two policemen in Muqdadiyah.
A foreign al-Qaeda leader was killed
Mosul is under a curfew
until further notice.
Compiled by Margaret Griffis