Sunday, April 10, 2011


Iraqi forces attacked Ashraf Camp

Iraqi forces stormed Ashraf Camp a settlement of Iranian exiles in the early hours of Friday April 8, 2011. To date 35 people have been killed, 8 of them women. Iraqi Lt. Gen. Ali Ghaidan confirmed the offensive early Friday morning at the Camp Ashraf compound in northeastern Diyala province but denied anyone was killed. The video footage on youtube shows the residents of Ashraf being shot at with live ammunition and run over by armoured vehicles and Hamvees. The lack of medical equipment in Ashraf due to limitations by the Iraqi government is said to increase the numbers of death in Ashraf. Saba Haftbaradaran a young woman died as a result of this. The National Council of Resistance of Iran said in a statement today that 2 men have died of their injuries in Baghuba hospital in Iraq. According to the New York Times, the government of Iraq continued on Saturday to block the delivery of American humanitarian aid to Iranian exiles who were wounded in clashes with the Iraqi Army at a camp north of Baghdad, an American military spokesman said. The State Department and the United Nations have condemned the attack at Camp Ashraf, but the exact details of the episode remained murky on Saturday, and the United States military has said the Iraqi government denied it permission to deliver humanitarian assistance. Reporters Without Borders, an advocacy group, condemned the Iraqi government, saying in a statement: “This news blackout is unacceptable. The security forces are denying journalists access to the camp to hide abuses committed against civilians. Anyone trying to take photographs of the clashes is being attacked in a systematic and targeted fashion.” On Saturday the government allowed some reporters to visit the camp but not to speak to residents. The Iraqis took responsibility for the camp from the Americans in 2009. According to NCRI statement Sunday April 10, local time the Iraqi forces attacked the unarmed residents of Ashraf Camp again wounding 13 people.