From the CPTnet
March 21, 2003
IRAQ UPDATE: 9:30 pm/ 1:30 pm EST
as reported to Gene Stoltzfus
Bombs have been falling for the past hour according to Lisa Martens and Stewart Vriesinga who are at the Al Daar Hotel. In Baghdad the bombing is more intense tonight than it was the previous night. Shrapnel can be heard rattling in the area. Inside the Hotel severe pressure can be felt when bombs explode. Hotel telephone continues to work. Bombing at tent site, Al Wathba Water Treatment Plant , and Al Monsur Paediatric Hospital is somewhat less intense. Telephone connection between the “tenters” and the Hotel (the distance between the two is four miles) continues to work, although connections to other parts of the city are breaking down.
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