Urgent: Camp Liberty Attack- six residents killed- 100 wounded

9 02 2013

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Amnesty International -Iraq must urgently investigate attack against Iranian exile camp

Authorities in Iraq must urgently investigate the attack against a camp of Iranian exiles that left several people dead and injured and ensure all those wounded receive appropriate medical care, said Amnesty International today.

The investigation should also look into the conduct of Iraqi security forces in the lead up and during the attack and whether they have failed to prevent any such attack.

Several people reportedly died and have been injured as a result of the attack against Camp Liberty, home of some 3,000 Iranians in exile in Iraq, on 9 February.

“The attack against Camp Liberty is a despicable crime,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International Middle East and North Africa Programme’s Deputy Director.

“Authorities in Iraq must ensure not only that those responsible for this attack are brought to justice but that those living in the camp are protected.”

The residents of Camp Liberty, members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran which opposes the Iranian government, were recently relocated to a site in north-east Baghdad – after having been settled for 25 years in Camp Ashraf.

Residents claimed the Iraqi forces attacked some of them during the relocation process in 2012.

Today the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Chief, Antonio Guterres, stressed that the residents of Camp Liberty are asylum seekers undergoing refugee status determination process and as such are entitled to international protection.

In April 2011, Iraqi troops stormed camp Ashraf using grossly excessive force, including live ammunition, against residents who tried to resist them. Some 36 people ­– 28 men and eight women – were killed and more than 300 wounded. Those injured were prevented from leaving the camp to obtain medical treatment.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/iraq-must-urgently-investigate-attack-against-iranian-exile-camp-2013-02-09

 

http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/unhcr-chief-guterres-strongly-condemns-deadly-attack-on-camp-liberty-in-iraq

 

Several killed in mortar attacks at Iran exile camp in Iraq

UNHCR Chief Guterres strongly condemns deadly attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq

Sat, 9 Feb 2013 12:41 GMT

Source: Content Partner // UNHCR

UNHCR Chief Guterres strongly condemns deadly attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq

9 February 2013 – The High Commissioner for Refugees, Ant�nio Guterres expresses his shock about this morning’s mortar attack on Camp Liberty in Iraq that reportedly killed six and wounded dozens.

“I strongly condemn this attack,” Mr. Guterres said, noting that the residents of Camp Liberty are asylum seekers undergoing the refugee status determination process and thus entitled to international protection. “This is a despicable act of violence.”

“I call on the Iraqi Government to do everything it can to guarantee security to the residents,” he said. “The perpetrators must be found and brought to justice without delay,” he said.

The High Commissioner also calls on all countries to help find urgent solutions for the Camp Liberty residents.

Mr. Guterres expresses his deep condolences to the families of the victims.

Camp Liberty Attack with Katyusha Rockets, six residents killed and more than 50 wounded

At 5:45 am Saturday Morning, more than three dozen Katyusha rockets and mortars hit Camp Liberty, where 3,200 residents of Ashraf have been relocated to.

So far, six residents, Mehdi Abed, Mostafa Khosravi, Akbar Azizi, Yaha Nazari, Ms. Pouran Najafi, and another resident have been killed and more than 50 wounded.

The residents were asleep and the wounded suffered serious face and head injuries.

The clinic at Liberty has also been hit and is dysfunctional. There are no ambulances at Liberty and the residents have tried to take the wounded to hospitals in Baghdad, but the Prime Ministry’s office is preventing the residents them from doing that in the few cars they had brought from Ashraf to Liberty.

The camp has no protection and its area is about 80 times smaller than Camp Ashraf. There is urgent need for the critically injured residents to be saved.

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http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2013/02/09/6-dead-in-rocket-attack-on-iraqi-refugee-camp

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2013/02/09/265247.html

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/09/world/meast/iraq-camp-attack/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21393162

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Camp Liberty came under missile and mortar attack at 5:45 AM local time. As of now, five residents including a woman have been slain and more than 50 were wounded. Some of the wounded are in serious condition and the number of slain might increase. There no assistance and ambulance to move the wounded. The power generator of the Iraqi clinic at Liberty was hit and as a result the clinic lacks electricity and has become useless.

It is more than one year that 3100 residents of Ashraf were forcibly moved by the Iraqi Government  to this camp that is only half a square kilometers and is less than 80 times smaller than Ashraf. There is no shelter and protection at this camp and the residents are in trailers that are crammed next to each other.

The residents, their representatives and lawyers yesterday and the day before warned about another massacre by the Iranian regime and Iraqi forces and similar to several times in the past urged the UN secretary General and the US authorities for return to Ashraf that has buildings made from cement and contains protection shelters .

Further reports would be provided as they would become available.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

February 9, 2013

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قابل توجه خواهران و برادران

امروز شنبه 9 فوريه ساعت 5 بامداد به وقت عراق رژيم ددمنش آخوندي دست به يك تهاجم موشكي و خمپاره اي به ليبرتي دست زد كه در اين تهاجم تا كنون 6 شهيد و بيش از 50 مجروح داشتيم.

حال مجروحين وخيم است

هيچ كمك رساني و آمبولانسي براي رسيدگي به مجروحين وجود ندارد. ژنراتور برق بدليل اين تهاجم از كار افتاده است.

لطفا سريع با وزارت خارجه تماس بگيريد و خواهان اقدام عاجل بشويد كه از سفارت آمريكا در عراق به كمك مجروحين بشتابند و امكانات پزشكي در اختيار نفرات ليبرتي قرار بدهند.

با تلفن, ايميل و … بعنوان خانواده ها و اقوام اشرفي ها در ليبرتي خواستار اقدام عاجل و كمك به مجروحين بشويد

همچنين به خبرنگاران و مطبوعات هم سريع اينرا خبر بدهيد

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