The Basra airport in southern Iraq came under mortar or rocket fire which damaged the runway and forced authorities to suspend civilian flights for a day, a British military spokesman said Tuesday.
Maj. Matthew Bird said the attack occurred Monday but did not cause any casualties.
"As a result of one of the attacks, the runway received light damage, which led to the closure of the civilian International Airport for 24 hours and the cancellation of a number of civilian flights," Bird said.
The airport is controlled by British forces whose bases around Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, come under almost daily attacks.
On Monday evening a British position came under small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire in the city center but there were no casualties among the troops, Bird said. He said that it is believed that a number of gunmen were hit.
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