Iraq: UN, US condemn attack on refugee camp
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||10 February 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Iraq: UN, US condemn attack on refugee camp, 10 February 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/512235d8c.html [accessed 10 July 2014]|
February 10, 2013
The Liberty Camp in Baghdad came under rocket and mortar attack on February 9.
The United Nations and United States have both condemned a militant attack on an Iraqi refugee camp.
Six people were killed and 40 wounded in the rocket and mortar attack early on February 9 on the refugee camp next to Baghdad's international airport.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Iraqi authorities to bring those responsible to justice.
The U.S. State Department condemned "in the strongest terms the vicious and senseless terrorist attack."
The camp houses members of Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or MEK, the militant wing of an exiled Iranian opposition group.
The Iranians are being temporarily housed there until the UN finds them host countries.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, also condemned the attack, noting those housed there are asylum seekers entitled to international protection.
The Iraqi government denied allegations that authorities had refused to let the wounded be taken to area hospitals for treatment.
Based on AP and Reuters reporting