Iraqi Forces Should End Attacks on Camp Ashraf
(9 April 2011) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today that armed attacks by Iraqi forces on Camp Ashraf should be immediately halted and an impartial investigation launched into the deadly attacks that took place on 8 April.
Nearly 3,500 members of the Iranian opposition group, the Mojahedin-E Khalq Organization (MEK), reside in Camp Ashraf, located in Diyala, 60 kilometers northeast of Baghdad.
On 8 April, Iraqi armored forces entered the Camp using deadly force leading to undetermined numbers of deaths and serious injuries. According to media reports, Iraqi government officials have said that the residents of Camp Ashraf “rioted” and threw rocks at Iraqi forces and that no deadly force was used.
However, in video footage of the attack posted on Youtube, Iraqi soldiers appear to open fire on Camp residents who resisted the movement of armored vehicles into the Camp.
“The job of the Iraqi government is to guarantee the safety of Camp Ashraf residents, and not to attack and kill them,” said Aaron Rhodes, a spokesperson for the Campaign.