Sunday, September 12, 2004
"As the Americans withdrew, jubilant fighters and young boys swarmed around the burning vehicle, dancing and cheering.
Suddenly, a U.S. Apache attack helicopter swooped down and opened fire around the Bradley. Witnesses said several people, including a correspondent for the Arabic language Al-Arabiya television station, were killed.
Maj. Phil Smith, a spokesman for the 1st Cavalry Division, said the helicopter fired to try to destroy the burning vehicle "for the safety of the people around it."
Health Ministry official Saad al-Amili said 13 people were killed and 55 wounded — all on Haifa street. Scattered shoes, pools of fresh blood and debris littered the street."