Sheraton hit in Baghdad

The Sheraton hotel in Baghdad has been hit by a rocket or mortar attack last night.

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By  Shilpa Mathai Published  March 24, 2004

The Sheraton hotel in Baghdad has been hit by a rocket or mortar attack last night. The hotel has been hit by a ‘huge’ rocket or mortar attack on Tuesday, March 23rd, but no causalities have been reported as yet. Reports say there is an approximately 5-foot by 5-foot hole in the east side of the hotel and it appears that the sixth floor of the hotel has been hit. "However, this is not a Starwood nor a Sheraton affiliated hotel," a Starwood spokesperson told Hotelier Middle East. "It used to be a Sheraton branded hotel several years ago but we pulled out of Iraq when the Americans left the country. The owners continue to operate using the Sheraton name and there is not much we can do." The hotel is popular with the media, contractors and businessmen and, according to CNN’s Walter Rodgers, American broadcaster Fox News teams are staying on the fourth floor of the hotel but they were not hit. The Sheraton has installed concrete barriers around the property to deter car bomb attacks. Both the Palestine and Sheraton hotels were hit in rocket attacks in November last year.

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