Amnesty International-Eight reported killed as Iraqi forces attack Iranian residents of Camp Ashraf

1 08 2009

Eight people are reported to have been killed and up to 400 injured after Iraqi forces attacked unarmed Iranian residents of Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad, on Tuesday. Amnesty International has called on the Iraqi government to investigate the apparent excessive use of force by its security forces.

Hundreds of armed security forces used bulldozers to force their way into the camp at around 3pm local time. They used tear gas, water cannons and batons against unarmed residents who tried to stop them from entering the camp.

Video footage, seen by Amnesty International, clearly shows Iraqi forces beating people repeatedly on different parts of the body, including the head. Of the 400 people injured, 13 are said to be in a critical condition.

In addition to the numerous casualties, camp residents say that around 50 people were arrested. Their current whereabouts are unknown.

In the last few months, the Iraqi government has publicly stated that it wants to seize full control of Camp Ashraf. On Monday, government spokesperson ‘Ali al-Dabbagh told an Iraqi satellite television channel that the government “will take over the responsibility of internal security affairs of Camp Ashraf”. The authorities are reported to be planning to establish a police outpost inside the camp.
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