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Camp Ashraf massacre: Death toll reaches 44

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Iran Focus: Iraqi official TV channel Al-Iraqiya claimed that no attack has been carried out against Camp Ashraf by Iraqi forces. Reports from Ashraf, however, indicate that several of the wounded were killed at Ashraf clinic when Iraqi SWAT units fired coup de grâce shots at them.  
Iraq denies the attack to keep carrying it out.

Iran Focus

Baghdad, Iran Focus, 1 Sept. – Iraqi official TV channel Al-Iraqiya claimed that no attack has been carried out against Camp Ashraf by Iraqi forces. Reports from Ashraf, however, indicate that several of the wounded were killed at Ashraf clinic when Iraqi SWAT units fired coup de grace shots at them.  

The Iraqi forces have not allowed United Nations Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to visit the camp for the past 10 hours.  

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran, called on the US Government to step in to stop the massacre. The US government has legal and moral obligation to act to save the residents of Ashraf. Prominent US politicians an former officials have continuously called on the US government to remove the residents from Iraqi territory to a safe place outside of Iraq including the United States.

Iraqi army units and security forces under the command of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki attacked Camp Ashraf where 100 members of Iran’s main opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) are residing based on an agreement ratified by the US government and the United Nations on August 17, 2012. The Iraqi regime was a signatory to the quadripartite agreement. 

The raid began at midnight on Sunday and was continuing at 11:00 am local time, 1 September 2013. The attacking forces comprise battalions of the Iraqi Army and the Iraqi Special Units, SWAT teams.

At least 44 residents, including six women, have been killed, 14 are missing and several dozen have been seriously wounded during the unprovoked raid. Five of the victims were shot execution style while handcuffed and in custody of Iraqi army units. MEK’s Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Zohreh Gha’emi, was among those killed by Iraqi forces.

The attacking force first fired anti-tank Rocket-Propelled Grenade (RPG) into the residents’ living quarters and then opened fire on the residents.

The Diyala province’s police commander, Jamil Shemeri, with a number of commanders from the Iraqi Prime Minister Office, had been stationed in Camp Ashraf since Saturday night to command the massacre at Camp Ashraf.

According to reliable reports, last Tuesday General Qassem Sulleimani, the commander of the Iranian regime’s terrorist Quds Force had personally delivered the order to Maliki and his National Security Advisor Faleh Fayadh, to attack Ashraf.

In addition to directly shooting the residents Iraqi forces are firing mortars at various locations in Camp Ashraf.

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