On Tuesday, a police source said US forces had destroyed several houses in an attack on al-Dhubat district in the city which is 110km west of Baghdad late on Monday.

A US military spokeswoman said she would look into the reports. Last month

The US commander in Ramadi said last month he was on the offensive.

Abd-Allah Salih, a doctor at Ramadi's main hospital, said 35 bodies had been brought in and that he believed others had not been retrieved because access was limited by continuing military operations.

Earlier, Kamal al-Ani, another doctor, said 17 wounded had been brought in.

A Reuters reporter saw the bodies of several men in a street, some being put in coffins by relatives, and a number of body parts.

Residents, who declined to be named, said US tanks had fired into the area and that those who died were not fighting.

They criticised the US forces and the Shia-led Iraqi government. Several said men who had gathered to play a traditional street game had been attacked.

Baghdad blast

Elsewhere on Tuesday, three people were killed and seven injured when a parked car was detonated near a restaurant in west Baghdad, police Lieutenant Haitham Abd al-Razzaq said.

Car bombings have not decreased
in Baghdad (File)

Seven people were killed when a minibus was ambushed near the Iranian border. Two were wounded.

Two policemen were killed in Diyala and seven wounded when their patrol was attacked on Tuesday morning in a village north of Baghdad, the provincial police spokesman said.

On Monday night, three fighters were killed while planting a roadside bomb in Mosul, police Brigadier Abd al-Karim Ahmed Khalaf said.

The US military, meanwhile, said an air strike killed three fighters suspected of being part of a car-bomb making ring in Yusufiya.