Iraq vows no surrender
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Iraq vows no surrender

US forces will "be burned in their tanks," the Iraqi Information Minister warned on Tuesday when asked if Iraq would surrender.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2003 14:36 IST

US forces that have pushed into Baghdad will either surrender or "be burned in their tanks," Iraqi Information Minister Mohammad Said al-Sahhaf warned on Tuesday when asked if Iraq would surrender.

"They are going to surrender or be burned in their tanks," Sahhaf told a reporter who asked if it was not time for Iraq to surrender now US forces and tanks were on the streets of Baghdad.

"We have imprisoned them inside their tanks," said Sahhaf, speaking outside the Palestine Hotel housing journalists minutes after it came under bombardment.

Sahhaf said Iraqi forces had cut off the US invaders from their rear positions and Iraqi commandoes were preparing to "crush" them inside the capital.

The Americans "are in a state of hysteria. They imagine they can terrorize (people) by killing civilians," he said.

An AFP correspondent saw hundreds of families fleeing Baghdad on Tuesday as the capital was rocked by US bombing and fighting between US and Iraqi forces.

First Published: Apr 08, 2003 14:36 IST