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Siege of Basra Threatens Humanitarian Crisis

Iraqi paramilitary forces fire on British troops surrounding the southern port city of Basra. Reports say Iraqis loyal to Saddam are also firing on civilians trying to flee the city. The search for food, water and supplies intensifies for Basra's civilians as the standoff enters its sixth day. NPR's Michele Norris talks with Reuters photographer Chris Helgren.

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Michele Norris